The weather could have been better – it was too windy for the bouncy castle – but the rain held off, and the second annual Halloween in the City party was a rousing success. We had superheroes – big and small – angels, princesses, first responders, Pokemons, Minions, and lots of friends from Disney. And enough treats to send even the kid with the biggest sweet tooth home happy. Plus plenty of popcorn. (Which is almost a vegetable, so pretty much counts as dinner, doesn’t it? At least on Halloween?)
Halloween in the City gives families in the inner city the opportunity to enjoy something that’s not always available to them: the chance to get out and have fun with their kids and neighbors in their own frontyard.
This year’s party was held in Dorchester’s Ceylon Park. The official hours were from 4-6 p.m., but folks were still hanging out and having a good time for hours after. As Jake said, “the neighborhood really came alive.”
That’s thanks in large part to good neighbor Rodney Beldo, long time Christmas in the City volunteer, who came up with the idea last year. It was so well received that we’ve decided to make it an annual tradition.
Thanks to the volunteers who turned out to make this a fun event. Thanks to all the patients and gym rats at Kennedy Brothers PT in Downtown Crossing for donating all those bags of candy – which, amazingly, no one opened in hopes of nabbing just one Butterfinger or teenie-tiny packet of M&Ms.
And special thanks – and a big CITC shoutout – to CITC superhero Rodney Beldo. (That’s Rodney with Jake – and whatever that orange thing is on top of Jake’s head.)
Christmas in the City is all about community helping community, and that’s Rodney!
Can’t wait for next year, when we’d like to see both Rodney and Jake in costume. (We have inside information that Rodney has plenty of Patriots gear he could put on for the occasion…)
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