Newark Parks and Rec throws annual monster mash
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.
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.