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Friday night frights in Berwyn Gardens

By Lauren Reiniger

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The cold wind blew in the Berwyn Gardens on Friday, Oct. 25, but that didn’t stop more than 30 children and their families from coming to the campfire and getting into the Halloween spirit. They sat on the edge of their hay bales, eyes fixed on storyteller Adrian Del Toro, cautiously waiting to hear what would happen next.

Some of the stories involved headless widows, talking dolls, ghostly housemates, and much more that caused shivers of fear among the adults in the audience. But the children stuck with it.

“In the past, we tried to be more lax and less scary, but kids started to get bored with the children’s stories. They wanted to be more scared,” said Inara Canino, recreation supervisor for the North Berwyn Park District.

However, the night wasn’t limited to haunting stories; Del Toro also told jokes and tongue-twisters.

“Why did the vampire need mouthwash? Because he had bat breath,” Del Toro said.

The entire audience burst with laughter, and some children even slapped their knees.

Del Toro even challenged the listeners with a tongue twister: “If big black bats could blow bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?”

The Haunted Story Telling was part of Berwyn’s festive weekend and preceded the Berwyn Fall Fest on Saturday.

The North Berwyn Park District will host the Berwyn Fall Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Berwyn Gardens, featuring music, food, crafts, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, pony rides, games, and a costume contest.

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Berwyn Park District hosts free Halloween event

On Saturday, October 23, the Berwyn Park District will be hosting Safely Spooky Night. From 5-8:30pm children of all ages are invited to dress up in their costumes and come to Proksa Park to participate in traditional Halloween activities a week early. Proksa Park will be decorated with Halloween scenes so that children walking through can stop in for candy and treats. There will also be a hayride and a bonfire for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. While there will be concession and glo-products for sale, Safely Spooky is a free event. The first 200 children will take home a free pumpkin, so make sure you get there early!

To find out more about this event, visit the Berwyn Park District’s website at http://www.berwynparks.org or call  708-788-1701 or 708-795-2892.

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