Los Alamitos Halloween Carnival Raises $3,200 for Charity

The proceeds from Saturday's event benefit the Cypress Boys and Girls Club

Edited press release

Esperanza Sanchez, 9, won the $700 top prize for best costume at Saturday's Halloween Carnival at Los Alamitos Racecourse. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Los Alamitos Racecourse's annual Halloween Carnival, held at the track on Saturday, raised $3,200 for the local Cypress Boys and Girls Club.

Esperanza Sanchez of Anaheim won the $700 top prize for best costume. Sanchez, 9, put on a show dressed as a Dancing Crab, quickly shifting from one side to the the other and using her pincers to the delight of the crowd. Her  crafty crustacean moves won the judges over in the 9-11-year-old division, and then she clawed the top prize with the help of her crabtivating moves. 

About 300 people participated in the costume contest, which featured seven different age divisions. All divisional winners advanced to the finals. The other winners were: Nicolas Aguirre of Downey as a newborn chick in the 2 and under division, Sebastian Rizzo of Pico Rivera as a Medieval Knight in the 3-4 division, Makaila Marcos of Anaheim as a Genie in the 5-6 division, Danny Velazquez of Whittier as a Yellow Horned Dragon in the 7-8 division, Gabriella Hernandez of Pico Rivera as Poison Ivy in the 12-14 year old division, and Walter Tuschoff of Anaheim as an Angels Baseball Player Bobblehead in the 15 and up division.

The local racetrack community stepped up to sponsor the Halloween Carnival to the benefit of the Los Alamitos Division of the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. Sponsors included trainers Juan Aleman, Angela Aquino, Kelly Castaneda, Roberto Dominguez, Jaime Gomez, Jose Hernandez, Jr., Paul Jones, and Mike Robbins.

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