East Hartford Parks and Recreation hosts 'Boo Bash'

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Wed., Oct. 30, 2013
Louis Rosa and Molly Braithwaite help Ava and Riley Rosa make pumpkin masks. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Louis Rosa and Molly Braithwaite help Ava and Riley Rosa make pumpkin masks. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The East Hartford Parks and Recreation Department threw a “Boo Bash” to celebrate Halloween on Oct. 26 at the Community Cultural Center.

Inflatable bouncy houses filled the lawn, and the parking lot was home to alpacas, goats and sheep for guests to meet. Inside the center were all kinds of games, treats and activities to set the mood for the Halloween season. The entire building was decorated for thrills and chills.

One room was set up for pumpkin mask-making. Molly Braithwaite and Louis Rosa took their two children to the festivities, where Ava and Riley created masks with the help of their dad. “We are having such a great time,” said Braithwaite. “The girls are having a wonderful time. This is so great for kids to use their imaginations.”

Dominic and Tony Pietraroia were admiring the animals from Circle K Farms of East Hampton, Conn. “The boys are excited to be here today,” said their mother, Alyson. “Today, Dominic is Spiderman and Tony is Iron Man. They are having fun looking at the cute animals.”

Through East Hartford High School’s Service Learning program, students volunteer in the community to get accustomed to working with the public before going on to a full-time job. Sara Kirol and Jacqueline Raymond were volunteering at the Haunted House Bouncy House. “This is the first event that I have volunteered at,” said Kirol. “There are so many kids here. I can tell they love this.”

Recreation Supervisor Kristine Vincent was very happy with the number of volunteers. “We have approximately 40 volunteers helping us out today,” said Vincent. “A lot of them are high school students. We truly would not be able to have this event if it were not for all the volunteers. We owe them a great deal of thanks.”

There were roughly 400 guests last year. As of 2 p.m., the event was on track to beat that number. “Every year we have new things,” added Vincent. “This year it is the bouncy houses that are the big attraction. We also have face-painting, balloon art, pumpkin mask-making and many games and snacks for the people to enjoy.”

The entry fee was $1 per person, and the town of East Hartford makes up the difference in the expenses with a portion of the town’s budget that is designated for community events.

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