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Downtown Summit Halloween Events and Parties

by: Sue Adler
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Halloween is right around the corner, and people want to find out what are the most recommended events. As usual, Downtown Summit will not disappoint its fans and it will come up with a variety of Halloween events to choose from.

Downtown Trick or Treat

  • Location: 379 Springfield Avenue, DeForest Avenue

The most notable event is the “Downtown Trick or Treat”. This party will take place on October 27. It will kick off at noon and it will end around 3 pm. After 3 pm, locals and tourists will have the chance to see the Halloween Parade. The “Downtown Trick or Treat” event was designed especially for children. It features numerous merchants who will have their doors or windows adorned with a special Pumpkin Poster. The event will be organized at 379 Springfield Avenue and afterwards everyone will gather on DeForest Avenue, behind the legendary The Bouras Building. The marvelous Halloween Parade will start on Maple Street and continue on Village Green. Here, participants will get the chance to have refreshments.

Summit PAL Halloween Parade

  • Date: Saturday, October 27th  Parade assembles at 3:00p.m.
  • Location: Bouras parking lot and then proceeds to
  • Village Green, Maple Street, Springfield Avenue, Beechwood Road, DeForest Avenue

The truth is that the PAL Halloween Parade is for everyone , regardless of age. This is a traditional annual event co-sponsored and organized by the Department of Community Programs in Summit. Every year, the event features amazing prizes. In 2012, there are 6 prize categories: Best Overall, Cutest, Best Sports Figure, Scariest, Most Original and Best Group. After participating in the Trick or Treat event, the children are urged to take part in this extraordinary and unique parade. The route of the PAL Halloween Parade is Village Green, Maple Street, Springfield Avenue, Beechwood Road and DeForest Avenue. The ending point is Village Green, where the participants will meet with the judges and the winners will be announced. There will be a big stage and volunteers will serve refreshments. This year, the parade will also feature the mascots of the Department of Community Programs: Mc Muni and Shark Diddy.  The official site of the parade will offer more information for the parents and volunteers. The Department of Community Programs accepts donations from corporations, local businesses and residents.

Halloween Craft Program

The last important event of the day is the Halloween Craft Program. This program will be organized at the Free Public Library in Summit, at 75 Maple Street. On October 27, all children will be welcomed at the library to learn how to craft and manufacture their own scary Halloween costumes. The Halloween Craft Program is available for children grades Kindergarten and 5th. Also, the participants must be Summit residents. This entertaining activity is led and organized by a couple of teen volunteers who will take good care of the little ones. However, the kids must be accompanied by parents or caregivers. In order to participate at the Halloween Craft Program, the children need to pre-register. There are a limited number of participants, that’s why it’s better to reserve a place in advance. To register, parents can use the phone number on the site or they can go to the Children’s Reference Desk. The participation in the Halloween Craft Program is free of charge.

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