On October 31, 2013, Division Street Business Development Association & Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School hosted the 12th Annual Haunted Paseo Boricua in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago. Community organizations and businesses opened their doors to hundreds of families in the spirit of a culturally inspired Halloween celebration. Despite the deceptive rain, costumed children of every age were able to enjoy good treats and activities tailored for them at each inviting station.
The festival included 14 “halloweenesque” stations with various traditional scary themes 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 first year that Haunted Paseo launches the initiative “Healthier Treats for Healthier Kids” a campaign to inform children and their families about moderation and healthier snacks choices. As part of the process 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, Barreto Union League Boys & Girls Club and The Greater Humboldt Park Community of Wellness.
by Brenda Torres