INWOOD — Halloween came early for kids in Inwood Wednesday, as hundreds of kids participated in the annual trick-or-treat festivities at the Inwood Center.
More than 400 children and their families, many in costumes, received bags of candy from offices at the 213th Street building before heading into a central game room where they played croquet, plinko, and even got their faces painted as part of the pre-Halloween festivities.
"We usually do it on a Friday, but we opted to do it the day before Halloween so that kids can have two days of trick or treating," said Jason Miller, Director of Community Business and Community Development at building owner Edison Properties.
The fourth annual event was organized by Edison Properties and Community Board 12, and board Chairman George Fernandez hosted the event while dressed as Batman. Several other community groups participated as well, including the People’s Theatre Project, NoMAA, CUNY in the Heights, Royal Drugs and the Manhattan Times,
“I left work for this and I’m so glad,” said Inwood mother Anna Marte, as her son Alexander, 2, hit croquet balls while dressed as Superman. Marte said she heard about the event from the instructors at Inwood Kids Daycare, and added that it was her and her son’s first time at the annual festival.
“It’s a good community event,” Marte said.