When Foster City’s budget ax fell earlier this year, it landed on the popular Halloween festival the city’s Parks and Recreation Department put on annually.
Also cancelled was the popular Halloween "Safe Streets" event many local families looked forward to each year - a tradition for more than 40 years in Foster City.
But some resourceful city staffers determined to carry on Foster City’s tradition of providing a safe and fun environment for children to celebrate have saved the day.
And thanks to their efforts, kids will have a place to celebrate Halloween on Saturday.
The Foster City Youth and Teen Foundation will host their first “VIBE Halloween Festival” at the Foster City Teen Center on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Foster City Youth and Teen Foundation.
“The VIBE staff and I are excited about taking on this new event,” Foster City Recreation Coordinator Tiffany Hall said.
“Our goal is to provide the Foster City community a safe, fun and memorable experience this Halloween.”
Hall acknowledged that keeping the lagoon city’s Halloween tradition going was personal for her and her staff.
“I, along with most of my VIBE staff, grew up in Foster City and have fond memories of the great events that occur in the city,” Hall said.
“Whenever possible, we love to be able to create and provide the same positive experiences that we had growing up, for today’s kids.”
Admission to the event is $2 for pre-kindergarten to 5th grade students. Children 3 and under get in free.
The festival features an interactive haunted house, a costume contest and crafts and games.
For more information about the event call the Foster City Teen Center at 650-286.3254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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