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Halloween happenings

Free events planned all around D.C. for kids, families

(Published October 28, 2002)

Whether you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned pumpkin carving or an all-out fright fest, there’s lots of free fun to be had from now until Halloween for children and their families.

The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring numerous parties, fright nights and haunted houses at neighborhood recreation centers. The Metropolitan Police Department has Halloween events planned at each of its seven district police stations on the evening of Oct. 31, and many community organizations also have scheduled free neighborhood events.

Councilman Vincent B. Orange will host Ward 5’s Annual Halloween Party on Oct. 31 at St. Francis Hall, 1300 Quincy St. NE. The "monster bash" will offer fun and games for children from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, the Fifth Police District will sponsor a Haunted House from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hechinger Mall, located at Benning Road and Maryland Avenue NE.

The Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club will host a Halloween party from 5 to 8 p.m. at its Richard England Clubhouse, 4103 Benning Road NE. Costumes are optional, but prizes will be awarded for the best ones. Candy bags, hot dogs and beverages also will be featured.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority again will transform a Metrobus into its annual "Boo Bus." Metro employees dressed as ghouls and goblins will escort children through the bus that will be decorated as a haunted castle, festooned with fake cobwebs and featuring haunting music. Giveaway bags filled with safety tips and treats will be available for 900 children who visit the Boo Bus at the Anacostia Metrorail station, beginning at 3 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Listed below are many of the other free Halloween parties scheduled for Oct. 31. More information is available by contacting neighborhood recreation centers where the events will be held.

• Hearst Recreation Center, 17th and Tilden streets NW; Halloween haunted house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 3-12.

• Stoddert Recreation Center, 39th and Calvert streets NW; Halloween party from 4 to 7 p.m. for ages 6-13.

• Ridge Recreation Center, Ridge Road and Burns Street SE; Halloween party from 4 to 8 p.m. for all ages.

• Watts Branch Recreation Center, 62nd Street and Banks Place NE; Halloween party from 4 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 and younger.

• Macomb Recreation Center, 34th and Macomb streets NW; Halloween party and haunted house from 4 to 8:30 p.m. for ages 6 and older.

• Benning-Stoddert Recreation Center, East Capitol Street and Stoddert Place SE; Halloween Fight Night from 4 to 9 p.m. for all ages.

• Benning Park Community Center, 53rd and Fitch streets SE; Halloween Bash from 5 to 7 p.m. for ages 6-15.

• Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center, 4300 Anacostia Ave. NE; Halloween party from 5 to 7 p.m. for ages 15 and younger.

• Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW; Halloween party and costume show from 5 to 8 p.m. for ages 5 and older.

• Hillcrest Recreation Center, 32nd and Denver streets SE; Halloween party from 5 to 8 p.m. for ages 12 and younger.

• River Terrace Recreation Center, 34th and Dix streets NE; Halloween party from 5 to 8 p.m. for ages 5-13.

• Palisades Recreation Center, Dana and Sherrier places NW; Halloween Movie Marathon from 5 to 9 p.m. for ages 12-19.

• Evans Recreation Center, 5600 East Capitol St. NE; Halloween skating party from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 6-19.

• Petworth Recreation Center, Eighth and Taylor streets NW; Halloween haunted house from 7 to 10 p.m. for all ages.

• Fort Stevens Recreation Center, 13th and Van Buren streets NW; Halloween party from 3 to 6 p.m. for all ages.

• Lederer Youth Garden and Environmental Education Center, 4801 Burroughs Ave. NE; Halloween activity from 3 to 5 p.m. for ages 3-14.

• D.C. Center for Therapeutic Recreation, 3030 G St. SE; Hallow-Scream and Spook House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all ages.

City recreation officials said Halloween parties also were being planned at the following recreation centers, but the time for the events had not been decided at press time:

• Capper Recreation Center, Fifth and K streets SE.

• J.O. Wilson Recreation Center, Seventh and K streets NE.

• King-Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St. NW.

• Hine Recreation Center, Seventh and C streets SE.

• Payne Recreation Center, 15th and C streets SE.

• Randall Recreation Center, South Capitol and I streets SW.

In addition to the Haunted House at Hechinger Mall, the Metropolitan Police Department has scheduled the following Halloween events for Oct. 31:

• First District Police Headquarters, 415 Fourth St. SW; Halloween party from 5 to 9 p.m.

• Second District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW; Halloween party from 5 to 9 p.m.

• Fourth District Police Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Ave. NW; haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Fourth District Police Substation, 750 Park Road NW; haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Sixth District Halloween Party sponsored by Neighbors of the Horseshoe, Patrol Service Area 607 and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D at 1191 46th Place SE from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

–Compiled by Ajeenah Amir

Copyright 2002, The Common Denominator