Youth Halloween Carnival Brings Some Interactive Fun to Plummer Park

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Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

“This has been the most fantastic event,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister of this year’s Youth Halloween Carnival at Plummer Park. “It has been such a great crowd. The kids are loving it. The dogs are loving it. And the Staff has been so spectacular. They didn’t forget one detail.”

The Youth Halloween carnivals was well attended this year on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 2 p.m to 5 p.m. The City of West Hollywood’s Recreation Services Division used the entire park to make it an interactive space full of fun games, photo ops, various booths offering tricks and treats, live performances, costume contest, balloon animals and lots of music. Some lucky kids also walked away with toys while supplies lasted.

In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, all activities took place outdoors. Youth Halloween Carnival highlights also included a pumpkin patch, a trackless train, costume showcases, raffles, and pets were invited to hit the stage and display their “Howl-O-Ween” best.

“The kid’s costumes are amazing,” Mayor Meister told WEHO TIMES. “They were so creative. When I was a kid, my mom was not that creative. I guess we needed to live in the creative city, West Hollywood.”

When asked what she’s going to be for Halloween, she said: “I’m going to be the Mayor of Mayhem. And I don’t even have to change.”

While widely attended, especially compared to last year, where The Youth Halloween Carnival was a drive-through experience, the event is a much smaller park event for children compared to the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval mostly geared towards grownups. The Carnaval, known to allegedly attract upwards of 500,000 remains CANCELED.

In 2020, the West Hollywood City Council approved the cancellation of all major special events in the City of West Hollywood through the end of 2020. However, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and surge in Delta variant community transmission, the City of West Hollywood decided to continue the cancellation of many large-scale events and gatherings during 2021, including a large Pride celebrations in June, Halloween Carnaval 2021, and New Year’s Eve events such as #BOOM.

For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s Youth Halloween Carnival, contact the City’s Recreation Services Division at (323) 848-6530 or at recreation@weho.org.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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