Thank you to all you evil critters out there in the dark who sent in their bootiful, spooktacular and sometimes ghoulishly garish photos of past or present Halloween displays for my Super Fun Totally Not Official Halloween Photo Contest, judged professionally by, well, me, with the sole criterion being, well, which one I liked the best.

Problem is, I liked them all!

But since I said it was a contest and that I would indeed pick one, here goes. The winner is: "Porcupine Gulch," sent in by William Ralph, of Fremont.

He actually sent in three pics, but I liked this one the best. The detail on the ghost-town-themed display is great, as is the eerie blue lighting and even the back story that came with it in Ralph's email:

"Halloween time comes to the little gold mining town of Porcupine Gulch," he wrote. "This is the fifth year of letting the ghouls, ghosts and other undead residents free from their resting places to haunt the mining town. ... It celebrates the old Western theme parks of Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town, Frontier Village, Ponderosa Ranch, Calico and Pollardville."

Awesome, William. I'm sorry you won't get a new car or fabulous prizes for sending this in, but thanks so much for participating. Same to everyone else who sent in fun photos, too. All entries can be seen in a slideshow accompanying this column at InsideBayArea.com and on my Pinterest board at Pinterest.com/giveemhill. Yes, I finally figured out how to do one of those.

While the original idea was for exterior house displays, folks expanded on the concept to include fun costumes such as pointy-breast-plated Vikings and exuberant Angry Birds and even jacked-up jack-o'-lanterns. Many had great stories to go along with their images, too. There's not room to share them all, but here are a few tidbits:

From Shelly Weishaar of Oakley: her dad as mad scientist.
From Shelly Weishaar of Oakley: her dad as mad scientist.

  • Shelly Weishaar from Oakley sent in some shots of her family's "Psycho"-themed displays, including one of everybody's favorite shower-scene victim, Marion Crane, all bloodied in the bathtub. Shelly says she gets her passion for all things "Halloweenish" from her dear 80-year-old dad, Sandy DeBow, of Concord. "Last year, he was The Fly," she said. "This year, we will be doing Angry Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Can't decide if my dad should be Alice or the Mad Hatter."

  • Christopher Alotaya, of Union City, sent in a photo of a creepy baby doll he got at a thrift store and transformed into a zombie baby named "Bloody Boo Boo." Maybe she'll get her own reality show.

  • Patti Cary from Alameda leads the annual Alameda Haunt Your House display contest and canned food drive (www.alamedahaunts.com), and she sent in a few photos from past contests on the island, plus her own "Les Rozes du Mort" display from last year, with a creepy skeleton angel.

  • Most everyone in the vicinity of San Leandro knows about Antonio Cardenas' house on Estudillo Avenue. In years past, he's done a skeleton biker dude on a motorcycle, a pirate ship and even a castle that extended the entire length of his house. This time, he did an elaborate, 28-foot-long Batmobile, all from recyclable stuff like stucco netting, cardboard boxes, aluminum foil and plastic bottles.

  • I loved "Dead Head" from Allen Hester, of Concord, who actually removed his front door, replacing it with an old door and cutting a hole big enough for him to stick his head through and scare trick-or-treaters. "Removing our entry door was the easy part," he said. "Standing inside with my head out small opening for several hours was tough."

    Dude, next time, get a chair!

    Thanks again, everyone, and happy Halloween!