By Amanda Moses
Spider webs, skeletons, and various creepy decorations covered the fences of the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) outdoor basketball court, creating a spooky atmosphere for the Children’s Annual Fall Harvest Festival.
On Halloween, children of all ages spent the evening, from 4p.m. to 8p.m., dressed as superheroes, monsters and zombies in BSC’s basketball court yards. The spooky celebration began at the shopping center, where children and their guardians gathered for a Halloween Parade led by Spring Creek Girl Scouts. The group of costumed attendees happily marched from the shopping center to the exravagant outdoor carnival.
Trickling in little by little over the course of the event, about 400 people were in attendance. The BSC’s basketball courts were divided into gaming sections, each manned by Spring Creek Teen Central volunteers. Many of the youngsters had fun playing various carnival games like ring toss, beanbag toss and strong man (a game that involves using a sledge hammer to hit a bell). Attendees were also able to tap into their artistic side by painting pumpkins. Upon finishing their ghostly creations, the children were able to take these pumpkins home.
Another popular game at the Children’s Annual Fall Harvest was the bouncy, rock wall slide. Children kicked off their sneakers, climbed into the large bouncy castle, over a small incline and then slid safely down the back of it. The children loved the rock wall slide so much that they would often run around for a fifth or sixth turn!
The event was the seventh annual Harvest Festival hosted by the Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA) with chaperons and volunteer services from members of the SCTA and Teen Central. Rebecca Caraballo, President of the SCTA and coordinator of the event, said it took about three hours to set up the carnival like atmosphere. “We host this event every year to provide a safe and fun environment for children in the community to enjoy,” she said.
Photos by Lonai Mosley