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FARMINGTON — With Halloween around the corner, many local children are adding the finishing touches to their costumes.

The San Juan College Halloween Carnival on Saturday was an opportunity for local children to show off their costumes.

Some popular choices this year included "Star Wars" characters, Ninja Turtles, Rick Grimes from "The Walking Dead," princesses, and minions from “Despicable Me.”

Denet Yazzie, 8, and Aspen Uentillie, 7, both were dressed as "Star Wars" characters.

Denet was dressed as bounty hunter Boba Fett from "Star Wars," while Aspen was a stormtrooper.

“He loves everything 'Star Wars,'” Lynn Yazzie, Denet’s mother, said.

Yazzie said her son inherited his love of "Star Wars" from the family.

“We grew up with it,” she said.

Aspen also chose her costume because of she is a "Star Wars" fan. She said stormtroopers are some of her favorite "Star Wars" characters, along with R2-D2 and C-3P0.

Many children chose their costumes based on popular movies.

Jasper Sandel, 7, has seen all the "Harry Potter" movies and chose to be the title character for Halloween.

“This took a lot of time to do,” he said as he showed off his costume.

He explained that part of the challenge was dying his blond hair black.

Nearby, Charlee Wright, 2, wore a dinosaur costume.

“She wouldn’t be a princess this year,” her mother, Christine Wright, said. “She had to be a dinosaur.”

Wright explained that Charlee, who dressed as Elsa from the Disney film "Frozen" last year, has been interested in dinosaurs since she saw “Jurassic World” this summer.

Charlee wasn’t the only child who departed from her or his previous costume. Pistol Barnes, 4, has always dressed either as a bull rider or a bullfighter. But this year, he attended the carnival wearing a pirate costume.

He was joined by his friend Ian Cooper, 4, who had a handmade Optimus Prime costume from "Transformers."

“We’ve had a variety of costumes, but I think I like this one the best,” said Amy Cooper, Ian’s mother.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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