Together Chicago Hosts Halloween Happening Party for Community Residents

Kids line up to play games, starting with tic tac toe, at Together Chicago’s Halloween Happenings party for its Light in the Night event series.

A spooktacular time was had by families and community members who gathered for a “Halloween Happening” party held by Together Chicago at the Major Adams Community Center on Chicago’s near west side on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

The party, offered as part of Communities Partnering 4 Peace‘s (CP4P) Light in the Night (LIN) strategy of claiming safe spaces, saw about 50 attendees of all ages.

“We’re scaring up some fun,” said Together Chicago LIN Coordinator Bishop Edward Peecher as he welcomed guests.

Inside, the community center was transformed into a lively Halloween haven. The deejay spun eerie tunes that got everyone moving and energized the youth participants as they selected costumes, ate a frightful dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs and finished with spooky cupcakes. A smoke machine enhanced all of the scary wall decorations.

After dinner, the youth attendees joined two all-age teams who competed to win Halloween themed games – like tic tac toe with mini pumpkins and witches’ cauldrons as markers, spoon relay with skeleton heads, and a very rowdy balloon toss game.

Together Chicago Director of Street Outreach LaVonas Troupe, LIN Coordinator and Church Liaison Bishop Edward Peecher, and friends from Black Men United gather for the festive event.