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Gallery: Characters Pack Park at IB's Largest Halloween Carnival

About 200 people took part in the costume contest. Roughly 1,000 attended the free carnival, organizers said.

Hundreds of people attended the first Boulevard Boo Halloween carnival and costume contest Saturday afternoon in Veterans Park.

Fairies, a South Korean rapper, an Aztec king, elephants, sushi, the Cookie Monster, a zombie bride and groom and many more took part in the costume contest.

About 200 took part in the costume contest.

There was also a cake walk, fortune teller, haunted trick-or-treat, photo booth and ring toss. Groups like the Boy Scouts, Friends of the Imperial Beach Library, Tijuana National Estuarine Research Reserve and Relay for Life also had information booths.

A costume contest that started four years ago has grown from less than 100 people in the library its first year to near 1,000 organizers in nearby Veterans Park for the Boulevard Boo.

The Halloween celebration started by libary staff and volunteers grew with support from the City of Imperial Beach and more than a dozen community groups, said librarian June Engel.

Volunteers from the U.S. Navy's Surface Warfare Medical Institute, San Diego Attachment and Boys & Girls Club of South County arrived at the park around 7 a.m. Saturday, she said.

SeaWorld also sent penguins and Shamu to the carnival. Watch the video included here to watch Shamu, the penguins and a werewolf dance to PSY's "Gangnam Style."

County Supervisor Greg Cox and Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Captain Gary Mayes made appearances. Imperial Beach City Councilmembers Lorie Bragg, Brian Bilbray and Ed Spriggs helped judge the costume contest.

Erika Lowery October 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Khari, Thanks for the great pictures, including my gladiator! :) June, I hope you see this. It was an amazing event. Thank you for your hard work. To all the organizations that participated, I can't wait until next year! I hope you all come back and make this annual event even bigger.
Perla Flores October 29, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Thanks for the pictures Khari! I didn't have time to take any.
ibsandyshores October 30, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Nice coverage of the event! Although I didn't attend, I heard nothing but praise for the organizers. Veterans Park is a great venue for hometown type events. Hope to see more.
Kelly D. October 30, 2012 at 06:26 AM
Thank u for the pictures Khari!!!It's a beautiful picture of my twins. My werewolf girl was so happy to win 3rd place.
Erika Lowery October 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Kelly, I felt bad for her being called a "boy" twice. It was an awesome costume. And the twins were adorable!!!

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