During the contest, the children will be divided in three age groups: preschool, grades K-1 and grades 2-6 with prizes being awarded in each category for the scariest, most original and cutest costumes. An additional group award for best overall theme will be presented to three or more people who have coordinated their costumes. Local merchants who are assisting the gallery in providing this special event to area children free of charge are Ressler Drug, Bomgaars, Fareway, McDonalds, Hy-Vee and Pages Bakery.
This event will precede the Halloween fun being offered by Buena Vista University. The university's chaperoned trick-or-treating through the residence halls is open to children in kindergarten through fourth grade and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information about the Halloween Costume Contest or other gallery offerings, contact the gallery staff at 732-3400.