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Queens Night Market to Close For Season with Halloween Bash This Weekend

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 28, 2015 3:21pm
 The market will close for the season this weekend. 
Queens Night Market in Jamaica
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QUEENS — The Queens International Night Market is throwing a Halloween party this weekend before closing for the season.

The fair, which has been ongoing in downtown Jamaica since September, promises a "big spooky farewell to our inaugural season," the organizers wrote on their Facebook page.

There will be two costume contests — one for kids at 7 p.m., followed by another competition for adults at 8 p.m. Attendees can sign up to participate at the info table, but they can also be secretly nominated by the market's volunteer team. 

Four winners of the kids contest will each get a $25 gift card to Toys "R" Us, and two adults will receive a $50 Visa gift card each.

There will also be some materials available for those who would like to make their costumes at the market.

Pumpkins will be provided and locals will be able to decorate them and take them home for free.

The organizers and vendors will be also handing out free Halloween candy.

“Kids can walk around and trick-or-treat like they normally would,” said John Wang, the market’s organizer.

The night bazaar, which offers crafts and food from local vendors, will reopen in late April in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, where it initially started last spring, but had to relocate in the summer because of the U.S. Open.  

Wang said he hopes the market will return to Jamaica next year, at least from time to time.

“I think we were successful in bringing a lot of people from outside of Jamaica into Jamaica that would not otherwise be there,” he said.

But he also said it was more challenging than he thought to “get the locals to come out.”

The last Queens International Night Market this season will be held on Saturday on the parking lot on 168th Street, between 90th and Jamaica avenues, in downtown Jamaica, from 5 to 11 p.m.