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Inaugural Halloween event aims to keep trick-or-treaters closer to home in East Palo Alto

Attendees can join costume contest with prizes

To reverse the trend of East Palo Alto families taking their children trick-or-treating in neighboring cities such as Palo Alto and Menlo Park, a group of neighbors is organizing a first-of-kind event this Thursday to encourage the community to celebrate the holiday on their streets.

The Halloween event is designed as a social gathering for neighbors to connect with each other. It will feature a costume parade in front of judges Mayor Lisa Gauthier, Vice Mayor Regina Wallace Jones and Ravenswood Superintendent Gina Sudaria. Participants will have a chance to win prizes in various categories, including best kids costume, best adult costume, best family costume and best pet costume.

Following the costume contest, a supervised trick-or-treat walk will go to the neighboring houses.

"It's all about building community and getting to know your neighbors," said East Palo Alto resident Mark Dinan, who has lived in the city for 10 years.

Taking notice of the few trick-or-treaters on neighborhood streets, Dinan garnered interest from community members to put on the event by posting on a group Facebook page for East Palo Alto neighbors.

"Kids don't trick or treat in EPA (East Palo Alto) for a lot of reasons," Dinan said. "We're trying to change perceptions of EPA with this event."

Neighbors behind the gathering have partnered with local organizations to promote the event, including the Ravenswood Youth Soccer Club; Bears Without Borders, a community engagement program through Menlo-Atherton High School's football team; and Taqueria La Cazuela, a local Mexican eatery.

The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Joel Davis Park, 1960 Tate St., and its expected to end around 8 p.m.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 31, 2019 at 8:37 am

If only Palo Alto could keep the children in their own neighborhoods. Why do they always want to go elsewhere rather than stay within their own neighbors who have bought candy to give to their neighbors? So many older people wait for the doorbell to ring to hand out candy but few come.

Sad that it is now bigger, better, best rather than neighborly community.

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:12 pm

We like the kids coming to our house! There are not many little kids left in our hood! Welcome and happy Halloween!

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Mark Dinan is a registered user.

We are looking forward to a fun & safe Halloween celebration tonight in East Palo Alto. Details on tonight's celebration can be found at:

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Lots of people are coming together to make this event a success!

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