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October 30, 2011

Halloween at the YMCA

Over 2,000 kids of all ages are attended our annual Halloween at the YMCA Carnival. None of this would be possible without hundreds of donors and volunteers that join our daring staff in providing families a safe and fun place to go to on Halloween night.

This is a big event for our Southeastern San Diego community.

While walking our dog Buffy this morning, I could not help but think how excited the kids in our neighborhood will be on this Halloween Night. Homes have been in theme for over a week now. Meanwhile, back at our Y we will be introducing "The Haunted Trail" this year and I am excited the weather forecast is promising clear skies.

Suddenly, the thought of sidewalks filled my mind.

You see, where I live in the Knolls of Del Cerro we have sidewalks that were installed by the Sapper Construction Company in 1971. In fact, during the past month, the two cul-de-sacs in our remote neighborhood just had ADA compliant corners installed (two at the entrance to each one - total of four).

We moved into our home in 1981 and we have been in the Trick or Treat business for thirty years. The youngest of five is now seventeen and she will be hitting the sidewalks tomorrow night, making it kind of hard to understand why kids and parents pushing strollers around our Y can't enjoy the same (hit the sidewalks) in 2011.

A quick look at the photo below will show how a walk down the street could be an adventure in the vicinity of Imperial Avenue and YMCA Way/45th Street. It's a safe bet that there are other neighborhoods facing the same sidewalk and street light conditions. In the light or at night, pedestrians heading to the YMCA, Lincoln High School, Gompers Academy, Porter Elementary, Greenwood Memorial Park, Imperial Marketplace, and the Educational Cultural Complex face this challenge every day, giving true meaning to a safe Halloween at the YMCA for kids and families in San Diego County's most critical community.

Rest assured, sidewalks or not, we will be packed on October 31 for our annual Halloween at the YMCA.

Got kids? Bring them.

Want to help? Email Anna at [email protected] today.

We hope to have at least 100 decorated treat zones like the Y's Men International Inflatable Zone, the San Diego Junior League Scary Snacks, and SDSU Student African American Brotherhood Hip-Hop Haunted Trail Guides. San Diego Radio Personality Tayari Howard will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies for the costume contest.

And if you have a flashlight bring it to help light up the way for our Halloween Trick or Treaters.

This one will be a thriller!

Go HERE for photos from 2011.

GO HERE for photos from 2010.

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