This year, kids – including those who become kids just for Halloween – get double the Halloween Fun with an invitation from nearby Long Island City plus the usual local celebration. Let’s take a look at what’s in store on two different weekends.
Halloween Fun #1
“Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) will be hosting a Halloween festival on Saturday, October 14 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City.”
And yes, Roosevelt Island kids of all ages are invited and welcome.
The timing does not conflict with Roosevelt Island’s own parade and “extravaganza” in Southpoint Park because it happens the weekend before. Hunter’s Point South Park is a short walk along a well-developed waterfront from the NYC Ferry landing, one stop from Roosevelt Island.
“The day will feature a costume parade and contest for pets at 4:00 p.m.,” the conservancy says.
“A kids costume parade and contest at 5:00 p.m., a ton of seasonal activities from local partners, and a screening of the original Hocus Pocus starting at 6:30 p.m.”
Meet the Next Door Neighborhood
Apart from the sheer joy of Halloween fun, HPPC hopes you’ll come back again, enjoy the local scene and, maybe, consider Long Island City as your next home.
Consider this: Living without RIOC and the distant muscle running everything from Albany. You’ll see the difference.
Roosevelt Island development helped spur growth in Long Island City. Back in the 90’s, buildings went up after they saw that a one-stop-from-Manhattan strategy worked. And then, they improved on it without outside control and community alienation.
Halloween Parade & Extravaganza on Saturday, October 28th
After RIOC canceled last year’s parade, Roosevelt Islanders raised hell, shaming them into holding it on short notice. RIOC President/CEO Shelton J. Haynes even joined in.
The Halloween fun launched under a bright sun with tons of enthusiasm from all the local kids.
With RIOC in turmoil over a half-dozen or so battling lawsuits and more than a dozen investigations, we don’t know who’s in charge, but they’re off to a better start.
Wouldn’t everyone love seeing the state agency redeem itself after an ugly year?
“This year’s event will once again kick off with a parade down Main Street,” a RIOC advisory said.
It proceeds all the way to Southpoint Park, “where we’ll be hosting Halloween fun for the whole family, featuring food, music, pumpkin decorating, special amusements and much more!”
The parade will step off at Capobianco Field at 10:45 am, and and kids will march happily to Southpoint Park. Halloween-themed festivities will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Any way you slice it, it’s double the Halloween fun, and everyone can use the break.