The carnival games hadn't officially started and most families were still eating dinner, but 6-year-old Ellie McCready was taking advantage of having the blacktop nearly to herself as the sun went down Friday night.
Twirling with her arms out and her oversized pink sweatshirt and sandy blonde hair billowing around her, Ellie spun around and around with a grin on her face as the DJ played "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina & The Waves.
Ellie, with a small smear of electric blue frosting on her mouth, said she liked the cool air that came with twirling, but the best part of the Fall Family Fun Night so far was eating a cupcake — and getting the purple octopus ring it came with.
"It was yummy," she said.
Students gathered with their families at James H. Cox Elementary School in Fountain Valley on Friday night for the annual Fall Family Fun Night. The free event brings families together for dinner, face-painting and carnival games.