19th Annual Ghostly Gardens a spooktacular hit at Moody Gardens




Alice in Wonderland and her crew joined the competition


Winner Benjamin Willison as a Oompa Loompa

It was a day filled with high excitement as children of all ages and families gathered for the 19th Annual Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens event held on Sunday, October 30.

Ghosts, goblins, princesses and super heroes filled the lobby where close to 175 kids dressed up in Halloween costumes and participated in a variety of fun activities in the popular event. Free trick-or-treating was also offered at various locations throughout the complex.


Winner Hayley Clausen as a crow witch

“Ghostly Gardens is such a fun event to host at Moody Gardens each year,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “It’s a great way to celebrate the holiday and get kids dressed up in their favorite Halloween costumes to engage in great educational crafts and activities.”

The costume contest featured plenty of great entries with three standouts in each age category. Each winner took home a prize package that included a four pack of tickets to Moody Gardens and an age-appropriate toy.

In the 3-and-under category, Beau Green won as Texas hero, Dr. James “Red” Duke.

Benjamin Willison was the winner among the 4-7 year old division with his impressive Oompa Loompa costume complete with green hair and face paint.

Hayley Clausen took home the 8-12-year-old division dressed as a crow witch.

For more information on upcoming activities for the holidays, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.orgghostlygardens2

FEATURED PHOTO–Winner Beau Green as Dr. James “Red” Duke; photo credit-Jerri Hamachek

Photo credit for additional winners & Spinosaurus: Jerri Hamachek

Alice in Wonderland photo: V. Sweeten

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