Chamber announces winners of Halloween contests

Charlotte Brady, 3, took home first place in the tot category of the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Virtual Halloween Costume Contest for her crazy cat lady costume. [COURTESY OF EILEEN MCCABE]

POINT PLEASANT — The Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its first annual Virtual Halloween Costume Contest.

“We had categories for infants, tots, youth, groups and pets. We received over 100 entries over the week-long contest,” Executive Director Eileen McCabe wrote in an email to The Ocean Star.

“Our youth category had an overwhelming response and the committee, led by Maylon Torrisi, owner of Divi Tree Coffee, had a very difficult time deciding on a winner.”


Charlotte Brady, 3, took first in the tot category for her crazy cat lady costume.

“We were so excited to hear that she won. The contest was a great idea and allowed everyone to show off their costumes while staying safe,” mom Gillian Stark said.

“Charlotte was ecstatic that she won. She couldn’t wait to tell her family that she got so many cool prizes. Charlie looked through a bunch of costume ideas online and thought the crazy cat lady was hysterical so she asked her mom to make it for her.”

Benjamin Jimenez, 7, received first place in the youth category for his Titanic costume, while Larry Moss, 16, placed second and Freddy Philipp took home third prize. In addition, Kloe Pax Hildebrandt, two weeks old, placed first in the infant category with a Baby Yoda costume.

The Juliano family was thrilled to take home first prize in the group costume category.

“My oldest son wanted all of us to be vampires after the cartoon movie ‘Hotel Transylvania,’” Tara Juliano said. “We had a blast dressing up with the kids and we were so excited to hear we won first place. The contest was a really nice way to keep the Halloween spirit alive during this pandemic.”

Taking first in the pet costume category was Rover, who had multiple costumes this Halloween, including as a pumpkin and a puppy latte, according to owner Rachel Meagher.

“I am very excited about Rover’s first place win. I’m treating him to Point Creamery to celebrate,” she said. “I felt the pumpkin costume was a rite of passage since this was Rover’s first Halloween. My love for coffee was the inspiration for the puppy latte costume and I wanted to pay homage to our favorite local coffee spot, Divi Tree.

“I thought the event was a great morale booster as things have moved virtual the past few months. It motivated people to dress up and show off their costume [or their pet’s] even if they opted out of trick-or-treating this year.”

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