Every October 31st, Paseo Boricua is transformed into a fun-filled, family-oriented and safe Halloween celebration on Division St. Throughout the street, businesses distribute candy, children’s faces are painted, and kids are engaged in historically relevant and culturally appropriate activities.
Young people from the Batey and the Pedro Albizu Campos High School help to decorate the nearly mile-long strip. It is an event co-sponsored by Division Street Business Development Association and Alderman Roberto Maldonado.
Haunted Paseo Boricua! Enthusiastic crowd of community organizers, volunteers and business owners shared treats, games!
Friday, October 31, 2014–Chicago IL. “Haunted Paseo rain, snow or else….is happening”. An enthusiastic crowd of community organizers, volunteers and business owners shared treats, games and fun activities with dozens of families on the 13th edition Haunted Paseo, this year dedicated to the extravagant Carnival Circus theme. Even with the wicked weather, many came out and enjoy the event to the fullest. Children all ages were able to participate of diverse activities from dance contests, face painting, a petting zoo, a haunted circus among others including healthy treats and candy in different fashions. Haunted Paseo was made possible by the extraordinary support of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Barreto’s Union League Boys and Girls Club, Roberto Clemente High School, La Voz del Paseo Boricua, Batey Urbano, Diabetes Empowerment Center, Bacca, Affordable Care Act (ACA), El Rescate, Women for Paseo, Consuelo Lee Corretjer Day Care, Vida/SIDA, AfriCaribe, La Bruquena Restaurant, West Town Bikes, DSBDA and all the families of Humboldt Park and neighboring communities–“Por decir Presente”!
13th Annual Haunted Paseo Boricua
This year’s festival includes over dozen of “halloweenesque” stations inspired by the carnival circus theme infused with a bit of Puerto Rican culture such as: a Haunted Casita, Scary Graveyard, Spooky Dancing & Thriller Stations, Healthy Treats Station, and the infamous and devilish Puerto Rican VEJIGANTE Station.
This is the second year that Haunted Paseo launches the initiative ” Healthy Treats for Healthier Kids” a campaign to inform children and their families about moderation and healthier snacks choices. We encourage our businesses to offer alternatives to candy in order to help prevent diabetes and obesity among our youth and in our community.
This event is being co-sponsored by: Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos H.S., West Town Bikes/Ciclo Urbano (Boys & Girls Bike Club), AfriCaribe Cultural Center, The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Batey Urbano, Roberto Clemente High School, Muevete – Diabetes Empowerment Center, VIDA SIDA, The Chicago Park District, Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward), Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, and The Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.
HEALTHY TREATS, HEALTHIER CHILDREN CAMPAIGN
Did you know that the average kid consumes 3 cups of sugar during Halloween?
Last year Haunted Paseo launched an extraordinary campaign to promote healthy alternatives and moderation during and beyond the Halloween celebration. Children all ages and families were genuinely happy to receive more than candy, but also delicious treats that won’t scare good health away.
We are encouraging donations of every kind within this category to help realize this initiative.
Some examples are:
- Fruit Gummies
- Juice boxes
- Mini water bottles
- Plain cookies (graham crackers, Teddy Grahams, vanilla wafers, etc.)
- Baked chips, baked tortilla chips
- Low-fat granola or cereal bars
- Sugar-free gum
- Small toys (be conscious of small children)
Donations can be dropped off at DSBDA, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, Erie Elementary Charter School, Diabetes Empowerment Center and many others.
Lets make it happen!
Paseo Boricua dressed up in Halloween regalia with a special emphasis on cultural expressions and healthy treats on Oct. 31, 2013. Therr were more than 15 stations that included face painting, healthy treats, bicycling activities and even a zombie walk. Despite the rain, hundreds of families paraded along Paseo Boricua.
The festivities were sponsored by many of the community’s businesses, organizations, and schools. Everyone from Alderman Roberto Maldonado, Marcey Sorenson, Clemente’s Principal, and Matt Rodríguez, Director of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos Puerto Rican High School to institutions like the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, the Division Street Business Development Association (DSBDA), the Barrio Arts, Culture and Community Academy’s (BACCA) anti-underage drinking campaign, Batey Urbano and Vida/SIDA Generation L all contributed toward a true community celebration. Paseo Boricua has truly been transformed from a place where children were pelted with eggs and threatened by gang activity more than a decade ago, to a place where families can stroll down the street enjoying and participating in activities. This is really a community building. View our Flickr set.