Halloween in the park

2018-11-06 06:02
From left are Juliette Haiva, Noa Filipa, Luca Viglino and Gemma Vigligo.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

From left are Juliette Haiva, Noa Filipa, Luca Viglino and Gemma Vigligo.PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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Hampstead Park came to life as more than 100 children enjoyed a Halloween get-together organised by the Harfield Village Community Improvement District (HVCID) on Wednesday 31 October.

The event was aimed at providing fun for the children while creating a platform for residents to interact with their local security role players.

There were representatives of the local police, HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch and a security company in attendance.

Young and old dressed up in Halloween costumes, played in the park and strolled in the nearby streets, enjoying treats at several identified houses.

Jenni Coleman, manager at HVCID, says the community supported the initiative and some residents created spots where children could enjoy goodies provided on a voluntary basis.

“Children really enjoyed this. We provided them with a map and they had to find the spots and get their treats. We are thankful to all those who opened their homes in support of the initiative.”

She says following the success of the event, they aim to bring more activities to the park, allowing children to freely play in a safe environment and to build a positive community spirit.

There were prizes to be won for the best dressed in different categories.

A magician made the event memorable, performing exciting tricks and bringing smiles to the faces of the little ones.

Patsy Anthony, a resident, brought her grandchildren. She said it was amazing to see the community coming together to have fun and get to know one another.

Another resident, Jokey Hendricks, said: “This was a beautiful evening, the atmosphere was so admirable, watching children having so much fun, safely walking around and meeting new friends. It is really amazing. We are very thankful to the organisers.”

Juliette Hiava, one of the children, said she loves Halloween and had been to other similar events. She dressed up as The Joker and pulled funny faces, entertaining her peers while running around.

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