Too cute to be scary: Kids try out costumes at Mackle Park Halloween Spooktacular

Interim City Manager Gill Polanco, left, isn't saying he works with a bunch of clowns - but you draw your own conclusions. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Interim City Manager Gill Polanco, left, isn't saying he works with a bunch of clowns - but you draw your own conclusions. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

— Hundreds thronged Mackle Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. A quick look around showed the sort of sights and creatures you can’t usually see unless you first slug down a pint of Old Overcoat.

Zombies, mutants, pirates, Death himself complete with scythe, wandered under and around the “air-nasium” at the park, rubbing elbows with astronauts, superheroes and lots of little princesses. But the kids were so cute, it was hard to imagine them as scary. Lola Green, age five, had too fetching a smile to make a convincing vampire, and Lauren Johnson’s Cheshire Cat makeup had her grinning no matter what she felt like.

The hosts for the occasion, the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Dept., got into the costume spirit in a big way, dressing up as a clown posse. Interim City Manager Gill Polanco came as a samurai warrior, complete with Bushido blade. Bryan Milk, in a Master of the Hunt getup, chatted with wicked witch Linda Turner.

Mariana Ruiz-Vallejo served as makeup artist for her brother Alejo, giving him a convincing “undead” look, but came sans costume or face paint herself.

DJ Miguel Font showed up in his Dracula outfit, spinning tunes including “Purple Eater” and of course the “Monster Mash,” which he saved for the costume contest. Magician John Robert did his tricks, the Island Dance Academy and Marco Magic cheerleaders put on demonstrations, and people enjoyed the chance to be somebody else for a couple of hours.

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