By Tara Vocino
Organizers may have run out of candy halfway through, but 2,000 children had a blast at Fright Night on Sunday, which was held for the first time inside the Rumney Marsh Academy parking lot and with Trunk-or-Treat.
“Revere Recreation handed out 5,000 pieces of candy, and I have none left … The turnout is unbelievable,” Revere Recreation Sports & Fitness Coordinator John Leone said halfway through the three-hour event.
Revere Recreation Assistant Director Charlie Giuffrida said although they’ve been hosting Fright Night since the ’80s, it’s the biggest one yet. “We ran out of candy by 7:15 p.m., and some ran out as early as 6:30 p.m.,” Giuffrida said immediately after the event ended. “Mann’s Garden Center gave out 600 pumpkins in their pumpkin patch. Robert MacDonald, or Silly Willy, made 400 balloon animals.”
Giuffrida said the new location was a factor in the event’s success. “We liked the layout,” Giuffrida said. “Parking at Revere High School and walking up worked well. Usually, we host it at Wayland, but the field was soaked due to the nor’easter yesterday.”
Giuffrida said he was blown away at the turnout, adding that it’s all about the kids, ranging from newborns to young adults.
Revere Recreation Program Coordinator Sally Caputo-Vranos came up with the Trunk-or-Treat idea, she said, because it was different and exciting. Trunk-or-Treat, where 21 people decorated their trunk, dressed up in costume and handed out candy, was instrumental in the night’s success.
One family took Halloween to a new level by dressing up as the Winnie the Pooh clan. Revere resident Jennifer Tango showed off her eight-month-pregnant belly by dressing up as Winnie the Pooh with her husband, Devin, dressed up as Christopher Robin; their daughter, Isabella, 6, dressed up as Piglet, and their Rhodesian ridgeback, Argo, 1, dressed up as Tigger.
“We love family costumes,” Jennifer Tango said. “Last year, we came as Alvin and the Chipmunks.”
Devin Tango said he loved that his wife could show off her belly, bearing their future daughter, Luna.
Revere resident Adin Lozich, 11, tried out the event for the first time by dressing up as Harry Potter – and looking like actor Daniel Radcliffe at that. “I liked the ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ movie,” Adin said. “I plan to read the books.”
His mother, Anela, who was dressed up as a skeleton, said the event was wonderful, adding she’s impressed at the turnout.
Revere resident Ezequiel Castaneda, 4, was decorating a cookie with cream cheese and chocolate chips. “It’s too sweet,” Ezequiel said. “My favorite part was decorating it.” His mother, Ivonne, said it’s nice that Revere puts on this event for children.
Burlington resident Daniel Bernal, 8, forgot his fangs for Dracula, but that didn’t stop him from enjoying Fright Night. His uncle, Jolian, dressed up as Dr. Seuss, said it’s great that Fright Night is held on a Sunday to kick off the upcoming school week.
Revere resident Maya Oliva, 6, who was dressed up as a unicorn, was getting a skeleton from Silly Willy (Robert MacDonald). “It’s scary and spooky,” Maya said. “I love unicorns.”
Revere resident Luke Porazzo, 3, was one of 599 residents to grab a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch at Mann’s Garden Center.
City Councillors and School Committee Members were all hands on deck.
Councillor-at-Large Danny Rizzo said it’s great to see so many families enjoy themselves in a safe environment, adding he’s happy that the weather cooperated the day after a nor’easter.
Ward 4 Councillor Pat Keefe said it’s the first year that Fright Night has really taken off, largely due to the Trunk-or-Treat. “Everyone is showing off their individuality and creativity,” Keefe said, whose trunk was decked out in Pop Warner cheerleading by his wife, Jen.
Ward 5 Councillor John Powers was also in attendance.
Councillor-at-Large George Rotondo was dressed up as a questionably scary gorilla with Ivette Mojica, who was a witch. “Only five percent of kids were scared,” Rotondo said. “I must have taken 100 photos tonight. Most people didn’t recognize me.” Rotondo said it’s a clear example of everyone putting their best foot forward.
Mayor Brian Arrigo said the turnout was huge and everyone had a blast, taking pride in their community.
Tara Vocino may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.