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Galveston County
News Release
Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hundreds attend annual event on the Sunday before Halloween

GALVESTON, Texas – Moody Gardens became the home for all things Halloween on Sunday, as the 21st annual Ghostly Gardens brought little ghouls, ghosts and goblins from all around the area.


A crowd of over 1,000 people attended the event as kids dressed up in Halloween costumes and participated in a variety of entertaining activities including the popular costume contest. Free trick-or-treating was also offered at various locations throughout the complex.

“Ghostly Gardens is a seasonal favorite among families who enjoy Moody Gardens,” said Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt. “It’s always fun to see all the kids dressed up in their favorite costumes and participating in all the fun activities we offer.”

The costume contest featured plenty of great entries, with three costume champions in each age category. Galveston County Daily News Community News Editor Angela Wilson, Galveston Monthly Feature Writer and Author Kathleen Maca and Moody Gardens Education Supervisor Caitlyn Donohoo had the challenging task of judging all of the costume entries. Each winner took home a prize package that included a four pack of tickets to Moody Gardens.

In the 3-and-under category, Farah Alvey won as a Stay Puft Marshmallow. Collin Nolder was the winner among the 4-7 year olds with his homemade Astronaut costume complete with a blazing rocket. Johanna Nolder took home the prize in the 8-12-year-old division elegantly dressed as a Queen Elizabeth I.

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Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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