The Weather Played No Tricks
Fifteen Hundred Enjoyed Pembroke Pines Halloween Event
Pembroke Pines, FL… October 31, 2017…The “Trick or Treat” date change in Pembroke Pines may have just scared in perfectly cool and breezy weather for the enjoyment of 1,500 children and their parents who attended the resigned and relocated Halloween event, Booville, on The Plaza, of The Charles F. Dodge City Center, located at 601 City Center Way in Pembroke Pines.
Originally scheduled for October 28, 2017 Booville had to be rescheduled due to impending rainy weather. In just three days’ time, the City of Pembroke Pines Special Events team pulled off the tremendous feat of rescheduling vendors, volunteers and staff plus, securing a new venue and getting the word out about the new date.
On Monday, October 30, 2017 over 35 Trick or Treat stations, a Pumpkin Patch, an Outdoor Movie screen and Fall Themed Photo stations were set up all over The Plaza for the 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. event. To the delight of children dressed up in every costume imaginable, from Wonder Woman, and Princess Leah to Mario Brothers and Spider Man, candy and fun were everywhere! Inside City Center, children and adults alike-continued Trick or Treating, played Halloween games, participated in activities and had more photo opportunities. The costume contest drew standing room only crowds who cheered for their favorite character. “Dressed alike parent(s) and children were very popular this year,” said Francie Novo, Special Events Coordinator for Pembroke Pines who coordinated the fast-paced event relocation.
As darkness fell, some families settled in to watch Toy Story of Terror on a 20 foot high screen, while others dashed from candy station to candy station. Those interested in something more than candy were able to purchase food and drinks at the City Center concession. Pembroke Pines made certain children with and without food allergies had equal amounts of fun. “We participate in the Teal Pumpkin project, a program sponsored by The Food Allergy Research and Education Foundation to educate the public about food allergies in children,” added Novo. Children were able to identify allergy safe Trick or Treat stations by the Teal Pumpkin and sign. “Pembroke Pines Booville has always been known as a fun time and a safe place to trick or treat. Adopting the Teal Pumpkin project has made Halloween more enjoyable and safe for every child,” Novo added. The Teal Pumpkin stations gave away non-food treats and held art activities including recycled ghost projects made from bubble wrap and spiders made from tissue paper and pipe cleaners and Joe DiMaggio Children’s hospital provided reflective orange backpacks.
“This year’s event was amazing! The weather we had tonight was perfect, and our team of volunteers and staff made it possible to turn the unexpected date and venue change into the best Trick or Treat ever!” For the most up to date special event information, please visit www.ppines.com/specialevents. The City of Pembroke Pines Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department welcomes sponsorships and donations from area businesses.
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