Fairies, Ghouls, and Superheroes Trick or Treat at Annmarie Garden

October 29, 2014

Nearly 5,000 in attendance!

10616662_866513173359340_3188627334859343975_nFairies, superheroes, and critters of all kinds got a head start on their trick or treating last weekend along the wooded path at Annmarie Garden.

They were taking part in the annual Halloween in the Garden event at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Dowell, which took place Saturday, Oct. 25. More than 70 community groups, businesses, and organizations set up sometimes elaborate booths along the garden’s wooded path to hand out candy and other goodies to the costumed children who came along.

In fact, Halloween in the Garden is so popular that arriving an hour before the event opened meant a short wait to get into the parking lot. A half hour before gates opened, the line of costumed characters stretched from the gate to the parking lot. But no matter – once inside, the crowd moved quickly and easily through the sculpture garden’s grounds. And as a bonus, Mother Nature looked kindly upon the day, providing clear skies and comfortable temperatures for a day out in the garden.

Each guest was given a bag for collecting treats and giveaways from the booths set up inside. Vendors were dressed to impressed – they had Golden, Silver, and Bronze Pumpkin awards to compete for, after all – and along with candy, they handed out information, activity booklets, informational posters, pencils and more. All along the path, there were fall- and Halloween-themed photo opportunities.

024_4455The fun didn’t end with the trick or treating. Craft and activity vendors were set up throughout the event, and food and drink vendors awaited participants outside the wooded path. Music filled the air.

Three local organizations and businesses won the coveted pumpkin awards for their booths:

Golden Pumpkin: Southern Maryland Secular Humanists, for its Dr. Who-themed set up.
Silver Pumpkin: BAHR Insurance Agency, for its Alice in Wonderland-themed booth.
Bronze Pumpkin: Personalized Therapy, for its pirate-themed booth.

Money raised from admission fees to Halloween in the Garden will benefit local charities.

ALL PHOTOS fron the 2014 Halloween in the Garden @ Annmarie Garden can be found HERE.

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Cori Shaw Meloney, Writer