Spooktacular Good Time
Taking a break from the age-old custom of going door to door trick or treating on Halloween night, more than 500 youngsters, parents and friends attended the 19th annual Children’s Halloween Costume Party, sponsored by the United Community Civic Association (UCCA) and Central Lounge in Astoria Heights. Central Lounge owner Nick Neocleous, a member of the UCCA board, provided the venue.
“Tonight was a huge success and we are so pleased that families could bring their children here to enjoy a fun and safe Halloween,” UCCA President Rose Marie Poveromo said.
Guests enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, salad, popcorn, soda, candy, fresh fruit and popular club music provided by a live DJ.
The popular neighborhood restaurant and nightclub was covered in hauntingly festive decorations. Partygoers dressed as pirates, vampires, princesses, Superman and even Popeye and Che Guevara, were seen at every turn.
Clowns, face painting and a raffle contest also entertained children.
Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., Assemblymember Aravella Simotas accompanied by her husband John Katsanos, state Senator Michael Gianaris and City Comptroller John Liu were in attendance. Simotas came dressed as a spoon and her husband came as a fork. Vallone came as Batman.
“Tonight is one of the great events of the year,” Gianaris said. “Families and their children can come here and celebrate Halloween as one big happy family.”
“Rose Marie Poveromo and UCCA outdid themselves as always,” Constantinides said. “It’s wonderful to know that we can be here in a safe environment and enjoy Halloween as a community.”