Halloween parade returns to East LA College

By Amanda Mayberry


The sights and sounds of Halloween came to East Los Angeles College last Wednesday as hundreds of little ghouls paraded down the center of campus in celebration of the holiday.

Due to the helping hands of the East Los Angeles College cheer squad, fiscal office, Sheriff Department and many others, children were able to have a special Halloween just for them.

Children dressed up in Halloween costumes, and in the company of their parents went trick or treating among the tables set up by each department.

The children were taken in a circle around tables collecting candy treats in special Halloween candy bags donated by the school.

According to Marcia Cagigas, a child development teacher, this year’s activities were the first in about seven years on the main campus.

Costumes ranged from classics such as witches and super heroes to newer costumes from the Transformers series and Jessie from Toy Story.

ELAC interem President Farley Herzek attended the festivities and commented on how the parade is a good way for the faculty to interact with the community and to support children who are the future.

Claire Floria, from the sheriff’s station on campus, who dressed as an owl, participated in the parade for the first time in 12 years he said the child development event is amazing and that it is good for the children.

According to Cagigas, the departments are very generous and they like to volunteer for this activity.  Cagigas also stated that the adults have fun, and it is a safe place to take  children trick or treating.

The parade was split into a morning group at 10 a.m. and an afternoon group at 2 p.m.  Approximately 170 children participated in the morning group and 35 in the evening group.

The event took place between the Helen Miller Bailey Library and the auditorium.

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