Youngsters show off Halloween costumes at Rec Center party


Parents escorted alter egos of their children to the Rockville Centre Recreation Center last Sunday for some early-Halloween fun.

The annual Ragamuffin Parade was cancelled due to weather, but youngsters in costume enjoyed the after-party, which included carnival games, holiday crafts, a photo booth and a magic show. Each child received a bag of goodies and costume contest winners earned plaques.

Ragamuffin parades stem from Ragamuffin Day, formed around 1870, which took place on Thanksgiving. Children, normally dressed as homeless people or beggars, would go door-to-door asking for candy or money. The day was a predecessor to Halloween, which gained popularity in the 1940s.