Fall Fest brings frightful fun to AME

Anna Maria Elementary kindergarteners step off in the lead of the costume parade from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce, ushered on Gulf Drive by members of the Holmes Beach Police Department to the elementary school. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

The Oct. 26 costume parade kicks off the annual AME Fall Festival that ends at the elementary school with games, prizes, food and refreshments and fun.

AME costumed students march by class from the chamber to school.

Three tiers of murderous cupcakes offered for sale Oct. 26 help raise funds for the Parent Teach Organization, along with hundreds of baked goods featured in the first-floor main hallway at Anna Maria Elementary School’s Fall Festival. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Parents, students, friends and family survey the baked goods for sale at the AME-PTO annual Fall Festival fundraiser. Alongside the bake sale was a silent auction of items donated by the community.

Festival attendees are treated to live music from the Creative Percussion Ensemble. The group played adaptions of popular music, including “Low Rider.”

Two bouncehouses in the field behind the school keep kids busy at the Oct. 26 Fall Festival.

Gigi Ortwein paints a pumpkin on Anna Kornman at the Fall Festival. Face-painting and other classroom-sponsored booths were set up to raise funds at the event.

Fifth-grader Sophia Belsito came as “Flo” to AME’s Fall Festival costume contest. “I had no clue what I wanted to be, but I was watching TV and the commercial came on. Everybody loves Flo!” Sophia said.

Jacob Mucci plays “Mrs. Newhall’s Ghost Poop,” a classroom-sponsored game at the festival. For the game, players toss small white balls into a toilet for a prize.

Kylie Huffman paints a pumpkin with the help of her mom, Cori Huffman.

Fourth-graders Kennedy Bullard and Destin Gullamundi collect prizes in the student costume contest that recognizes one boy and one girl from each class.

Skylar Hendler and Ella Coney-Jones — zombie brides — exit the haunted house.  “It was awesome!” Skylar said. “At the end there’s a scary guy with a shovel,” Ella said.

Ava Harlan, Payton Harlan and Jeremiah Harlan sip Butter-Beer at the Fall Festival Oct. 26. The siblings came to the party as pink-haired un-dead zombies.