Fall Fest is Anna Maria Elementary School’s largest fundraiser and community event of the year. The fest brings a costume contest and parade, games, a bake sale and raises money to supplement the school’s budget. Fall Fest is put on by the Parent Teacher Organization. These photos were originally published in the The Islander Oct. 30, 2013.
Select an image to view it larger and use the arrows to flip through the gallery.
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.
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.
Fourth-graders Kennedy Bullard and Destin Gullamundi collect prizes in the student costume contest that recognizes one boy and one girl from each class.
AME costumed students march by class from the chamber to school.
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.
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.
Kylie Huffman paints a pumpkin with the help of her mom, Cori Huffman.
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.
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.
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.
Two bouncehouses in the field behind the school keep kids busy at the Oct. 26 Fall Festival.
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.
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.