The Township of Concord gave the kids a little more Halloween fun, ahead of Community Treat Hours from 6-8 p.m. on October 31.
The township held its Halloween Spooktacular event on October 29. From noon to 2 p.m., costumed children gathered and enjoyed Halloween-themed games and treats on the grounds of Town Hall at 7229 Ravenna Road.
Music was also provided throughout the celebration by the Chardon Polka Band.
The festival took place under clear, sunny skies with temperatures in the low to mid-60s, creating comfortable conditions for children to walk around in their costumes and parents or carers to wear t-shirts or light jackets.
Again, some adults decked themselves out in costumes, just like the kids they brought to Spooktacular Halloween.
Chardon’s Mark DeLembo teamed up with his granddaughter, Allison DeLembo, to dress up as minions from the “Despicable Me” movies. Meanwhile, Allison’s younger sister, Mia DeLembo, has dressed up as a mummy.
Although Concord Township’s Clara DiGiorgi didn’t wear a costume to the Halloween Spooktacular, her grandson, Tyler, dressed up as an officer from the Special Weapons and Tactics team.
DiGiorgi learned about the Halloween Spooktacular from an ad in Concord Township’s newsletter. She congratulated the township for organizing an event that provided lots of fun for the children.
“It’s wonderful,” she said.
The festival featured a row of stalls where children could play a variety of entertaining games. These activities included: ring throwing, where the targets were witches’ hats instead of traditional upright sticks; Nerf shot pumpkin patch; and ping pong ball cup toss.
Concord Township Recreation Center Facilities Attendant Pete Booth served as the adult supervisor of the ping pong ball cup toss. He came to Halloween Spooktacular wearing a soldier’s uniform.
Booth said the uniform is one of the same outfits he uses during programs as a World War II re-enactor.
A makeup artist was also present at Halloween Spooktacular; and photos of children decked out in their costumes – and accompanied by family members, if desired – could be taken at the Skeleton Selfie Station booth.
Cider, donuts and a special “Bouillon deswitches” drink were offered to festival-goers who needed a drink or a snack.
Concord Township received help sponsoring the festival from Discount Drug Mart, First Federal of Lakewood and Concord Alliance Church.
Additionally, Miss Concord Teen Volunteer Eleanor Ramos made a special appearance at Halloween Spooktacular.
Another highlight of the event was a costume parade, where children were able to show off their Halloween costumes as they strolled around the Town Hall property.
“Just so everyone can see how cute the kids are,” said Concord Township Recreation Department administrative assistant Susie Cobb.