Fright fest! Marine Park to get ghoulish on Oct. 22

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Hey, Marine Park, it’s time to get your creep on.

Dozens of kiddies and their families are expected to flock to Marine Park near E. 38th Street on Oct. 22 for the Marine Park Civic Association’s 28th annual Halloween Festival — and, this time around, Association President Greg Borruso promises that there will be more gourds than you can shake a witch’s broom at.

“[The festival] is going to be the same as last year, but there’s going to be more rides and games and a fuller pumpkin patch,” he said. “We’re going to have 1,500 pumpkins, so no one is going home without one.”

Barruso promises plenty of candy and surprises, as well as a few chills and thrills honoring Marine Park’s once-treasured Halloween Walk.

The fright-filled jaunt, where brave families were jumped by costume-clad maniacs as they tried to make it through the Marine Park Salt Marsh — all in good fun, of course — died a quiet death two years ago in the name of progress: the Army Corps of Engineers began restoring the Jamaica Bay shoreline, preventing any entry into the spooky, weed-strewn marsh.

Marine Park Civic Association Halloween Festival [Corner of E. 38th Street and Avenue U near the playground, (718) 336-7343] on Oct. 22 from noon to 3:45 pm. For more information visit

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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