Ne­wark Parks and Rec throws an­nual mon­ster mash

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­pub.com Ti­tanic

A wolf, a bal­le­rina and a first-class pas­sen­ger of the walk into the Ge­orge Wil­son Cen­ter – for the an­nual Hal­loween party hosted by the Ne­wark Parks and Re­cre­ation depart­ment.

“It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to see what they come as,” said Christina Hol­u­binka, re­cre­ation su­per vi­sor.

The Oct. 25 Hal­loween party al­lowed for di­nosaurs, uni­corns and se­quined witches be­tween ages 3 to 12 to get to­gether to en­joy snacks, a va­ri­ety of games, face paint­ing, crafts and a spooky story time.

Hol­u­binka said the fes­tiv­i­ties usu­ally draw 40 to 50 kids through­out the event, which cul­mi­nated with a cos­tume con­test.

In the past, Hol­u­binka said there have been some truly charm­ing cos­tumes – french fries or a bub­ble ma­chine, for ex­am­ple.

This year’s win­ners in­cluded movie and TV char­ac­ters like Sally from “Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas,” Skye from Paw Pa­trol and Beetle­juice him­self.

Ka’Laya Holley, 2, came as Skye. Her mom, La­tr­ish Oseko, said Ka’Laya had been ask­ing when Hal­loween was since the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber.

“I’m not into trick-or­treat­ing, so I thought it’d be nice to have her do lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said as Ka’Laya played games. “She en­joys it.”

Sage Cantrell and her wolf – 4-year-old Vic­tor – come ev­ery year.

“We re­ally like the story teller,” she said, adding, “They love an op­por­tu­nity to wear their cos­tumes.”

Madyson Smith, 12, also comes with her fam­ily ev­ery year. In the past, she has won the con­test of guess­ing how much candy is in the jar. She won again this year, too.

She noted that her fa­vorite part is “the games and ev­ery­thing.”

Her mom, Joy, added that she likes the cos­tume con­test, too.

For Sofiya Si­cilia, 7, this was her first time com­ing to the event.

“She’s hav­ing fun,” her dad, Domenick, noted.

“So far my fa­vorite part has been the cos­tume con­test,” Sofiya de­cided.

For Chris­ten Davis and her son, Jeremiah, 9, this was some­thing fun to do to get in the spirit be­fore Hal­loween night.

Jeremiah’s fa­vorite part? The snacks.

“I like the sto­ries,” he added. “They were cool.”

Hol­u­binka said she hoped the kids had a fun time and had a great start to Hal­loween.

“It’s a great time for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether, to have candy and to have fun,” she said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTOS BY BROOKE SCHULTZ

The group poses for a photo at the an­nual Parks and Re­cre­ation Hal­loween party. The party, hosted at the Ge­orge Wil­son Cen­ter, gives kids a chance to dress up, play games and en­ter con­tests be­fore Hal­loween day.

Ka’Laya Holley, 2, ac­cepts candy af­ter suc­cess­fully win­ning a game at the an­nual Parks and Re­cre­ation Hal­loween party.

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