The Von King Park Conservancy held its first ever Halloween Festival in Bedford Stuyvesant on October 28th in the south west corner of the 8-acre park which the conservancy has transformed into a sitting garden. Brooklyn’s 79th Police Precinct joined the conservancy in sponsoring the fun-filled event which featured a festive “pumpkin patch” decorated with pumpkins, bales of hay, scarecrows and goblins to set the Halloween mood; a haunted house to scare adventurous visitors; and plenty of cider, candy, games and spooky stories for Bedford Stuyvesant residents to enjoy.
More than 100 visitors showed up in costumes and took part in the event which provided a safe environment for community members to celebrate Halloween. Members of the 79th Precinct watched over the event while dressed in full costume, joining the many parents who brought their children to enjoy the music, face painting, pumpkin decorating, trick or treat giveaways and other activities.
The Von King Park Conservancy paid for new trees and benches to be placed in the “pumpkin patch” that will remain as part of a new sitting garden for park goers to enjoy year round. The conservancy plans to hold the Halloween Festival next year with the help of the 79th Precinct and additional sponsors.