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LI kids celebrate early at Halloween Family Fun Fest

Children watch a collection of Disney princesses perform

Children watch a collection of Disney princesses perform songs at Halloween Family Fun Fest at Molloy College in Rockville Center on Oct 22. 2016. Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Dozens of young princesses, superheroes, vampires and witches didn’t seem to notice the wind and rain that whipped the windows of Molloy College’s Madison Theatre on Saturday.

They were too busy splattering paint onto miniature pumpkins and decorating cupcakes, at the school’s fifth annual Halloween Family Fun Fest.

Beginning at 11 a.m., local children were invited to the campus in Rockville Centre for face painting, pumpkin decorating and other activities. In one corner, children could meet and take pictures with Disney princesses, as well as Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers from “Star Wars.” Nearby, boys and girls waited eagerly to have their faces painted and to coat cupcakes with orange frosting and green sprinkles.

“It’s all really cute,” said Margarita Sarmiento of Hempstead, who watched her daughter, Alani, 9, use crayons to color a witch. “All the activities have been great for the kids.”

Out on the lawn, little boys and girls could meet with firefighters and explore a Rockville Centre fire engine. And those brave enough could walk through a circus-themed haunted house, run by the Molloy performing arts club.

Organizers planned to station activities around the courtyard outside Madison Theatre, but they had to bring almost everything inside because of the wind and rain, Angelo Fraboni, one of the festival’s organizers, said.

“It’s a little more crowded than we would have liked, but otherwise things seem to be going great,” Fraboni said.

Several Molloy students volunteered to work the event, including Cassandra Greco, a Molloy junior who manned the ringtoss game, and Micheala Johnson, a freshman who dressed as Elsa from the animated film “Frozen,” and posed for pictures with little boys and girls.

“I thought it was a nice way to connect with the community. I just love interacting with the kids,” Johnson said, as a little boy dressed as Batman gave her a big hug.

Local businesses and community groups also showed up for the festival. Turn of the Corkscrew, a bookstore in Rockville Centre, had a table piled with children’s books to sell, and Long Beach-based Swingbellys Beachside BBQ sold pulled pork.

“It’s a nice, safe Halloween event for the community,” Fraboni said. “It’s just great that it brings everyone together.”


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