Lilly Houghton's carved Jack-O-Lantern with a large arm and hand hanging out of its mouth was named overall winner in the Pumpkins in the Park contest on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Hannibal's Nipper Park.

Lilly Houghton's carved Jack-O-Lantern with a large arm and hand hanging out of its mouth was named overall winner in the Pumpkins in the Park contest on Sunday, Oct. 25, in Hannibal's Nipper Park.

The more than 200 people who attended this Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department Halloween event had an opportunity to vote for their favorite pumpkins in several categories.

In addition to Houghton, winners in the children's division were:

• Scariest: First place - Autumn Seaman (a witch); second - Nathan Thompson (a ghost made of marshmallows).

• Most original: First - Ava Houghton (a beach ball); second – Madeline Thompson (a unicorn).

• Funniest: First – Andrew Clark (a skeleton mask with mice and spiders); second – Pilar Camango.

Adult division winners were:

• Most original: First - Sonja White (Cinderella in her pumpkin coach); second – Katra Thompson (Star Wars robot).

• Funniest: First - Lorrie Dunivent (an alien); and second – Bethany Seaman.

• Scariest: First – Chase Bronstine (kissing skeletons); second – Amber Reeves.

Before the prizes were announced, some children took time out from playing in Nipper Park to share their Halloween plans.

Dottie and Steve Buckman brought their daughters, Cassie and Savannah. Cassie said she will be Cinderella on Halloween and go Trick or Treating. She hopes to get lots of suckers.

Savannah will be Snow White on Halloween. She.agreed that suckers are her favorite Halloween candies. Savannah liked the unicorn pumpkin the best because, “I love unicorns.”

Landon McDonald explained his pumpkin in the contest. He glued “google-eyes” on it, then painted the rest of its face.

Eight-year-old Andrew Clark decorated three pumpkins for the contest. In addition to his prize-winning skeleton mask, one was a lady librarian, and the third was a clown.

Andrew, the son of Adrianne and Bronson Koeber, plans to be a Minion named Bob on Halloween because, “Minions are funny little yellow creatures.”

Mary Lynne Richards of the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Department was pleased with the turnout, reporting that many of the people came to Nipper Park to hear the Eugene Field (Elementary School) Pirate Singers perform.

“Everybody benefitted,” she said. “It's a good way to get people out in one of our most beautiful parks on a Sunday afternoon. We got to showcase the musical talent of Eugene Field Pirate Signers and the artistic talent from all over Hannibal.”

Also entertaining the crowd in Nipper Park were Tom and Becky, aka Mason Tharp and Shelby Pritchett. They performed their engagement scene from Mark Twain's “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Both said memorizing the words was the hardest part of performing the scene, but now it is easy. Except, Becky said, “If we don't do it for awhile, we get rusty."

Some of the pumpkins are on display at the Hannibal City Hall.

Reach Reporter Bev Darr at bev.darr@courierpost.com.