Pirates, angels, bees, bats, ninjas, firefighters, football players and cheerleaders packed the Wick Park Pavilion looking for primarily two things: fun and candy.
They got both and more.
About 100 kids with parents, grandparents and other adults attended Wednesday’s Halloween party at the North Side park, sponsored by Youngstown’s Black Knights Police Association.
Marcel and Tracey Trevathan from the South Side brought their three grandchildren — Sienna, 4, dressed like a witch, and 2-year-old twins, M’Kayla and M’Leiya, dressed like sheep — to the event.
Sienna said she had a good time and wanted candy.
“It’s a nice alternative because the streets can be dangerous for kids,” Tracey said. “This is a way to celebrate without the risk.”
Because of the cold weather, the organization had the event inside.
For those who want to go trick-or-treating in Youngstown, the city is having it from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. It was supposed to be Wednesday but was canceled because of the weather.
Jimmy Hughes, president of the Black Knights and a retired Youngstown police chief, said the city police department had a similar Halloween event in the past, but not for a few years.
“It was very popular in the past, and we wanted to bring it back,” he said. “People come because it’s a safety thing. You don’t have to worry about tainted candy or a bad environment. Also, the kids see this and the connection with the police. It’s all good fun.”
Besides giving away a lot of candy, the Black Knights provided hot dogs, prizes and had a number of contests, including musical chairs and best costumes.
Tennille Reeder, dressed as Batgirl, brought her 3-year-old daughter, Talaine, dressed like singer Nicki Minaj, to the event.
“It’s warm inside and it’s safer and more fun than trick-or-treating,” Tennille said.
“I like Halloween,” her daughter said with a big smile. “Eating the candy is the best part.”