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WINNER - Best Adult Costume-Scary Janet McCarthy, of Orland Park, had a can accident, leading to her victory. She won a $25 gift certificate for Rubi Agave Latin Kitchen, Tequila & Whiskey Bar, 12622 W. 159th St. in Homer Glen, as well as a $5 gift certificate for Whizzy Puffs, 106 MacGregor Road in Lockport.
Jim and Kathie Fiorillo, of Lockport, channeled Bob Ross and one of his paintings to win the creativity category. They won a $25 gift certificate for White Street Cafe, located inside the Trolley Barn in Frankfort, as well as a $5 gift certificate for Whizzy Puffs, 106 MacGregor Road in Lockport.
Colin Reilly, of Homer Glen, may be an old soul, but he won the youngest category in the costume contest. He won two hours of free bowling for up to six people, including shoe rentals, along with a pizza and pitcher full of pop, at Laraway Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway Road in New Lenox, as well as a $25 gift card for Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park.
WINNER - Best Pumpkin Created by a Child Aaron Pranger, of Tinley Park, showed an impressive attention to detail with his Headless Horseman entry. He won a gift certificate valued at $25 from Odyssey Fun World, 19111 Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park, as well as a $25 gift card for Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park.
WINNER - Best Adult-Crafted Pumpkin Keith Omalley, of Tinley Park, scared away our editors with his pumpkin carving skills but not their votes. He won a $25 gift certificate for Rubi Agave Latin Kitchen, Tequila & Whiskey Bar, 12622 W. 159th St. in Homer Glen, as well as a $5 gift certificate for Whizzy Puffs, 106 MacGregor Road in Lockport.
Bill Jones, Managing Editor
2:19 pm CST November 7, 2018

Once again, Publisher 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Chicago readers impressed our editors with their Halloween game.

From creative costumes to intricate pumpkin designs, entrants did a good job of making our job of picking winners difficult in our annual costume and carving contests. But winners we picked nonetheless. And we’re happy to present them in the accompanying photo spread.

We picked our winners based on creativity, successful execution of an idea, quality of craftsmanship and consideration of the holiday/season.