By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Coney Island Boardwalk was filled with monsters, ghosts, zombies and other curious creatures, but their presence had nothing to do with the famous sideshow.
These creatures might have looked frightening, but they were young and friendly!
More than 1,500 children took part on the Fourth Annual Coney Island Halloween on Oct. 26, marching along the famous boardwalk in their costumes.
Sponsored by Councilman Domenic Recchia (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst), the Alliance for Coney Island, and Coney Island USA, the parade was just part of day of fun for children and their parents.
The festivities started off with a party at MCU Ball Park on Surf Avenue. The home of the Brooklyn Cyclones was turned into a wonderland with live music, dancing, magicians, face painting and costumed characters wandering around.
Then it was time for the big parade. Marching behind a huge banner, the kids made their way along the boardwalk to Luna Park, where they were allowed to go on the rides for free!
"I'm absolutely thrilled to see such a big turnout at this year's parade," Recchia said.
Recchia was joined at the pre-parade festivities by several elected officials and political candidates, including state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island), Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge), Manhattan Borough President and comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and Coney Island-Bensonhurst council candidate Mark Treyger.
The Halloween Parade took place four days before the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a fact that was noted by Recchia. "People are in high spirits today because, as we approach the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and our community rebuilds, they know that Coney Island is stronger than the storm," he said.
The parade was a celebration of Coney Island’s vibrancy and resiliency, Recchia said.
The 2012 parade drew more than 1,000 local residents, including 600 children, just two days before Sandy hit land. This year’s parade served to highlight how far the community has come in its recovery and how dedicated residents have been to reestablishing celebrated neighborhood traditions, Recchia said.