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A haunting good time for Halloween in Lynbrook, East Rockaway


There was plenty of spook-tacular fun over the weekend as Lynbrook and East Rockaway played host to Halloween celebrations.

In Lynbrook, the third annual Love for Giovanni Trunk or Treat event was held in Greis Park on Saturday. The festivities were a food allergy-friendly event where residents decorated the trunks of their cars and gave out toys and goodies to the children. It is held in memory of Giovanni Cipriano, who died at age 14 in 2013 after a bad allergic reaction.

Lynbrook’s Halloween Havoc event at Earle Avenue was washed out by rain on Sunday, but the village hosted it Monday. Event goers dressed up in their Halloween costumes and there were plenty of giveaways.

East Rockaway Recreation Center sponsored a Halloween Bash at its headquarters on John Street on Saturday, and had many activities. They included a pumpkin patch for each child to choose a pumpkin to decorate and take home, cookie decorating, Halloween crafts for children of all ages and a backdrop for parents to take pictures of their children dressed in costumes. There was also a costume parade. Additionally, the Dance Space from East Rockaway hosted a Halloween Mob Dance, the East Rockaway Fire Department was on hand with a fire truck for display, and a costume exchange was hosted.

"Mayor [Bruno] Romano and the Board would like to extend a huge thank you to Denise Walsh, of Lynbrook Restorative, who sponsored the Pumpkin Patch and helped to organize the 'Trunk or Treat' for our event," village officials said in a statement. "The 'Trunk or Treat' was a program where local businesses opened their cars and distributed candy to all the trick or treaters on Saturday. The Mayor and Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone that participated in our event to make it a smashing success."