Spooky Fun at the Children’s Festival

Spider webs, caution tape and creepy cardboard cutouts of skeletons decorated the walls and created a spooky look to the Brooklyn Sports Club’s (BSC) gym for the Children’s Annual Fall Festival.

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Hundreds of children, accompanied by parents and guardians, enjoyed the late afternoon party of costumed fun as superheroes, princesses, monsters and the undead.

“This is all pretty cool…the music, the games, the costumes,” said Capri Slaughter, 15, a Spring Creek Teen Central volunteer who monitored a game station at the carnival themed event. Watching the children having fun at different activities, she said she was amazed by the transformation of the BSC into an indoor carnival.

Upon their entrance into the party, seven-year-old Nina and her brother Myles dashed towards the snack table, a buffet of treats from popcorn to soft chocolate chip cookies. “It all smells so good,” announced Nina as she and her brother were handed goodie bags with a pumpkin face design.

Wearing a rainbow tutu, horse ears and a multicolored wig, she was dressed as Rainbow Dash, her idol from the cartoon series My Little Pony. Striking a pose, Nina said, “I really like the show and I thought the dress was pretty.” Her brother was dressed as a friendly neighborhood Spiderman, the very popular cartoon and comic book series hero. “[Spiderman] is cool and strong,” said the happy three-year-old.

Some children dressed as their heroes from Marvel’s Avengers, like the mighty Thor and the brave Captain America, while others wore scary and ghoulish outfits from the television series and doll collection Monster High.

“I like Catty Noir’s (Monster High character) style, she is a cat that wears sparkly and flashy clothes,” said seven-year-old Armani Little, who wore a Catty Noir ensemble complete with a black and pink pigtail wig and a silver metallic dress covered in spider webs and glitter.

A furry face, paws and claws are the key elements of the scary character in Vampires vs Werewolves, the favorite book of Sean Harris, 10, that inspired him to proudly wear a werewolf costume to the party, and earlier in the day during P.S. 346’s Storybook Parade.

“We host this event every year to provide a safe and fun environment for children in the community to enjoy,” said Rebecca Caraballo, President of the Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA), who, with other tenant group chaperons and Teen Central members made the fifth annual children’s festival a happy event.

By Amanda Moses