Coney Island is no longer just a summer destination and Luna Park has proved it this fall.
Each weekend, starting September 20, the revamped theme park has held its second annual Halloween Harvest, an event to prove that the spooky holiday shouldn’t just be celebrated on one day.
The harvest, which concludes Sunday, October 26, has featured the thrills, contests, excitement and festive atmosphere that the yearly holiday brings to both children and adults.
Throughout the weekends, kids and their families have enjoyed activities such as face painting, pumpkin picking and painting, as well as hobnobbing with Frankenstein, witches and other spooky Halloween fixtures. Visitors also had the chance to dress up as their favorite superhero or character, and enjoy some treats, like s’mores, candy apples and more.
“Halloween Harvest is the perfect ending to a great season, as each weekend we’ve been offering pumpkin painting, seasonal goodies, fun events for all ages and more,” said Nicole Purmal, brand manager of Luna Park. “This year, we’ve seen an even greater number of visitors than last, and we look forward to keeping this great tradition going each year.”
To add to the ambiance, Luna Park was decked out with Halloween decorations such as cobwebs, skeletons, scarecrows and giant pumpkins. Attendees who took selfies were entered in a contest to win a free Family Four Pack for next year. Visitors were also greeted by a giant pumpkin. They were given the chance of winning $1,000 if they guessed the weight correctly.
Attendees were excited, despite chilly days. “We had a good time. It was a little chilly so we didn’t stay for the face painting but it was a really fun time,” said Alicia Garcia, who took her youngsters on Sunday, October 19. “My kids loved picking the pumpkins. I showed pictures of the day to my co-workers and they thought it looked really nice and asked me where it was. The kids enjoyed it.”
One weekend remains for the annual festival and the park plans to conclude it with a big bang. Marc Maniac, Food Network personality, will be on hand to carve a giant pumpkin.
Then on Sunday, October 26, Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest dog costume parade and costume contest will take place. The owner of the dog garbed in the best costume will take home $100.