- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:08
- Written by Super User
Edward Jones Investment took 1st place in the Trick or Treat Under the Sea “BOOth” competition on night one of the annual festival at the N.C. Aquarium at Fot Fisher.
N.C. Aquarium at Ft Fisher Director Peggy Sloan awards 1st place in the night two Trick or Treat Under the Sea “BOOth” competition to the Gregory B. Garrett, DDS staff.
Kure Beach, NC— A record number of people celebrated an early Halloween at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. More than 4,407 costumed children and adults haunted the halls at “Trick or Treat Under the Sea,” Thursday and Friday evenings, Oct. 24 and 25.
Non-venomous snakes and Aquarium staff greeted costumed guests with an eye-to-eye reptilian encounter. Alligators bobbed for apples while little witches “oohed” and “aahhed.” Superheroes flashed smiles at diving sea monsters. Pint-sized Draculas and pretty princesses queued-up for candy, games and a haunted trail. Skeleton pirates and jack-o-lanterns stood watch over the fun.
“Creative staff and supportive community created our best Trick or Treat Under the Sea to date,” said Aquarium Director Peggy Sloan. “Families continue to make this safe and festive event part of their Halloween traditions.”
Local merchants help create the ghoulish good time by dressing in their own costumes. Their decorated booths served as treat stations. “BOOth” crews with the most imaginative costumes and eco-friendly booth décor received prizes. On Thursday night, the first-place prize went to Edward Jones Investments. Second place honors were awarded to Masonboro Urgent Care and third place to Kid to Kid. The Gregory B. Garrett, DDS booth won Thursday’s top prize. Second place honors went to Cape Fear Pediatrics and Eye Associates of Wilmington received third.
This year’s festivals drew 30 merchants, whose booth fees helped sponsor the event, including:
Alliance Credit Union, Bald Head Island Conservancy, Bozart Family Dentistry, Cape Fear Academy, Cape Fear Pediatrics, Cardinal Lanes Shipyard, Chick-fil-a, Dr. Gregory B. Garrett, DDS, Edward Jones Investments, Eye Associates of Wilmington, Fairytales and Dreams by the Sea, Fanboy Comics, Great Clips, Island Gazette, Jungle Rapids, Kid to Kid, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Masonboro Urgent Care, My Mickey Vacation Travel, Olive Garden, Papa Murphy’s, Paws and Claws Animal Hospital, Pizza Hut, Shaver Chiropractic, Stella and Dot, Sylvan Learning Center, Thirty-One, Thunder Alley Bowling Center, Walgreens, Wilmington Hammerheads, Wilmington Pediatric Dentistry. The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located 15 miles from Wilmington, just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on US 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). Admission: $8 adults ages 13-62; $7 seniors; $6 ages 3-12. Free admission for: children under 2; registered groups of N.C. school children, and NC Aquarium Society members. General information: www.ncaquariums.com.