Local communities celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treat, haunted house

Hampden County

Springfield’s South End Community Center hosted a Halloween party Wednesday night.

This was the first Halloween celebration at the center since their previous building was devastated by the June 1, tornado in 2011.

Kids went trick-or-treat, make crafts, and take a trip through the haunted house.

“We can color, we can do arts and crafts, and go to the gym and watch movies and get food,” said Nia Kowlessar of Springfield.

And just down the street, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church held its 2nd annual Funfest at the Dunbar Community Center in Springfield.

More than 800 children came in costume to participate in the free alternative trick or treating event.

The FunFest featured bounce houses and plenty of activities for kids to enjoy in a safe environment.

“We have a DJ, musical chairs, a dance contest, a costume contest,” said Pastor Atu White. “We have trick-or-treat outside and this is a wonderful event for children and youth of our community.”

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