2011-11-04 / Community

Hip-Hop Halloween Hits Rockaway


Girls making scarecrows. Girls making scarecrows. Even with the blizzard-like conditions last Saturday, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Rockaway Youth Taskforce still carried out the 1st Annual Hip Hop Halloween Cele-bration, on which they had been working all week in preparation for the event. The two groups came together earlier in the year to plan the event as a way to give local kids a chance to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun manner.

The gathering, which was supposed to take place outside in the hip hop garden at Beach 59 Street, was derailed Saturday morning by 35-mile-an-hour winds and snowy conditions. But the “party must go on,” because many of the kids and volunteers had worked together all week to carve pumpkins and make scarecrows to decorate the garden.

On Saturday, members reached out to the NYCHA Ocean Bay Community Center, where the party was held, indoors, serving the more than 50 kids who were at the center. “We are grateful to NYCHA Ocean Bay for opening their doors to us under such short notice. All in all, it worked out well and the kids had a great time,” said Milan Taylor, director of the Youth Taskforce.


RWA interns and OBCC students work together to carve pumpkins in preparation for Saturday’s party. RWA interns and OBCC students work together to carve pumpkins in preparation for Saturday’s party. During the party RWA and RYTF members helped the kids paint pumpkins, make masks and do a variety of Halloween crafts. Other kids took to the kitchen to make frosted cookies and caramel apples for the party. There was lots of food and fresh cider for everyone to enjoy. Organizers give special thanks to the 100 Precinct Community Council and Arverne by the Sea for sponsoring the event. It was a great time had by all.



Top photo - Kids in their costumes, eating caramel apples. Top photo - Kids in their costumes, eating caramel apples.

Photo right - Group of kids who worked together during the week on Halloween décor. Photo right - Group of kids who worked together during the week on Halloween décor.

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