Children's creativity was displayed by their costumes at the 38th annual children's Halloween party hosted by the Hannibal Police Department.

Children's creativity was displayed by their costumes at the 38th annual children's Halloween party hosted by the Hannibal Police Department.

Alyjiana Williams, 7, was carried on stage as a mermaid in an aquarium to win first place in the ages 7-9 costume contest. Her mother said this was her idea.

Second place in the 7-9 age division went to Kyron Jones as a Sumo wrestler with a huge body.

Another first place winner, Jeremiah Covey, 6, was an acrobatic Tarzan who flashed his spear around, then did a backflip on stage for the judges in the age 4-6 division. His family said he wanted to be Tarzan, because the character is the hero of his mom's favorite movie.

Second place in this division went to a trio, as Gracelynn Genenbacher, 6, was joined by her sister, Braelynn, and their mother, Ana, to enact Three Blind Mice. This was Gracelynn's idea, her mom said.

The youngest age division, 0-3, was won by Ellie Colter as the Pennywise monster from the movie, “It.”

Second place went to Jovion White, 3, as the “Joker.”

In the age 10-12 division, a headless monster, Alizia Thomas, 10, won first place.

A Scottie Pottie worn by Reyes Martinez won second place.

Adult winners were the Spice Girls, Breanna Masterson and Alexis Walker, first; and Tyler Sturtevant as “Jason.”

The HPD party was relocated at Center and Fourth streets, only two blocks from the Historic Hannibal Marketing Council's trick or treat party along North Main Street. This proved beneficial to many families who were walking from one event to the other.

The HPD party was moved from the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, because the building flooded recently.

On Main Street children lined up to receive candy from the merchants, whose booths were outside their businesses. Additional entertainment was provided, including music and games.

See photo gallery for more pictures of costumed children.

bev.darr@courierpost.com