Tyler Hoffmann, 6, does his best vampire impression during a costume parade at Woodland Elementary School in Costa Mesa on Wednesday. (SCOTT SMELTZER, Daily Pilot / October 31, 2012)

Normal clothes were left at home Wednesday morning as Woodland Elementary School's students dressed in their Halloween best.

"It's awesome!" said second-grader Nathan Thomson, a gruesome zombie.

Halloween costumes came out early at the Eastside Costa Mesa K-2's annual Costume Parade. Students walked around the blacktop twice, giving parents and siblings a chance to check out the many different costumes.

"Wow, do you guys look great," Principal Lauren Medve, dressed in a Dodgers jersey and hat, said to the students. "There are so many [costumes]. Everyone is represented. We've got literary characters, there are sports figures and there are costumes you will wear tonight."

As school started, parents crowded the blacktop and lunch tables clutching coffee cups and cameras waiting in the chilly morning for the procession to begin.

Ninja Turtles and Disney princesses, witches and many a ruby red-shoed Dorothy poured out of classrooms and lined up to start the parade.

The "Monster Mash" played as teachers, dressed as a chef, Minnie Mouse, a fairy and more, led their students in the procession of cute and spooky costumes.

"You can see everyone's costumes, so it's cool," said second-grader Malia Contreras, who was dressed up as a rock star in black and hot pink.

Fellow second-grader Kirsten Brazelton liked that they got to show off their costumes to parents.

"I love it," said Kirsten, a witch. "I absolutely love it."

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