A year after the COVID-19 pandemic saw many events canceled, Marathon’s slate of Halloween offerings returned at full strength this past weekend. With seven trick-or-treat events alone, paired with nearly a dozen other fundraisers, costume contests and other happenings, Marathon saw new events invented during the pandemic persist to pair with the city’s more traditional Halloween parties. From Duck Key to the community park, enjoy a sampling of the spookiest that Marathon had to offer. Full galleries will be available soon at keysweekly.com.

Behind the Airport:

Traditionally Marathon’s largest trick or treat destination, the neighborhood between Dolphin Drive and Harbor Drive saw a flood of children and families. Complete with decked-out houses, a DJ, and even a foam pit, the event returned in full swing.

City of Marathon Costume Contest:

City of Marathon employees came dressed to the nines for the city’s annual costume contest. At $1 per vote, all proceeds were donated to Grace Jones Community Center.

Grassy Key Trick or Treat:

The Little Mermaid, skeletons and more made an appearance as Grassy Key hosted its own trick or treat event for families on the east end of town.

Gulfside Village:

Organized by Marathon Grill & Ale House’s Simone Mullis, Gulfside Village’s trick or treat event was a success as many Marathon businesses and organizations set up candy tables for costumed young ones.

Zonta Drive Thru:

As a critical part of Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic, Zonta Club of Marathon’s drive-thru trick or treat saw an excellent turnout from community participants and kids alike.

Pet Parade:

Crane Point’s annual Halloween pet parade allowed costumed furry family members to share in the fun.

Hapynkeys Run:

Hapynkeys Running hosted a one-mile Halloween run for kids. With 25 costumed youngsters, Maya Christensen took first place, followed by Judah Grostefson in second and Emily Rojas in third. Lilly Hutchinson, meanwhile, took home the Best Costume title.

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