Marine Parkers celebrate Halloween at Fall Festival

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Helping out: Local high schoolers Victoria Pullini and Joanna Davis volunteered at a mask-drawing desk at the festival. Pullini said she loves seing all the kids in their costumes.
Pumpkins a-plenty: Brooke Harper chooses carefully from the patch.
Bewitched: Manhattan witch Lisa Cullity crossed the East River to join her Brooklynite boyfriend, who dressed up as a skeleton.
Howdy: Cowboy Denys Shorodok holds his prized pumpkin.
Scary team! The kids’ costumes really knocked the ball out of the — Marine — park this year.
Brains: A group of creepy zombies perform Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller.”

It’s Marine Park’s own Monster Mash.

“Boo-klyn’s” spookiest monsters and ghosts descended on Marine Park for the 33rd-annual Halloween Fall Festival on Oct. 20. The community came out strong with some 2,000 people showing up in their grizzliest costumes for the event on Avenue U between E. 36th-38th streets.

The afternoon was organized by the Marine Park Community Association, and supported by state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Marine Park) and the city’s Parks Department. It had a host of activities for the whole family, including a puppet show, a pumpkin patch, a smokehouse, emergency services offering giveaways and Halloween safety tips, and dancing zombies performing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” — not to mention prizes for the best costumes, and the competition was fierce, according to one volunteer.

“I loved seeing all the little kids in their costumes, some of them had really cute and creative ones,” said local high-schooler Victoria Pullini, who helped out at the mask coloring stand along with her friend Joanna Davis.

One visitor who came all the way from Manhattan dressed up as a witch to join her Brooklynite boyfriend, who donned a skeleton costume.

“There were a lot of kids running around and they loved coming to see us and our costumes,” said Lisa Cullity.

Cullity and her boyfriend even set up a little cemetery with tombstones and spiderweb decorations, she said.

One local dad liked that the event brought the community together with a day of fun for old and young.

“It’s great for community involvement by having the civic association there, the volunteers, and the emergency services,” said Marine Parker Joseph Marcellino.

Marcellino’s 3-year-old son, Joseph Jr., went to the park along with his mom Yim Marcellino and got to show off his green dinosaur costume — and he even brought home a pumpkin.

He also played with his friends and got to bring home some great gifts.

“He got to see his preschool classmates and also got a pumpkin and a child’s firefighter helmet,” Marcellino said.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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