Posted October 31, 2016

Avenue of Treats celebrates 10th anniversary

Collaborative effort helps children enjoy a safe Halloween in local community.

A girl accepting candy.
Photography By: 
Betsy Manning
On Friday, Oct. 28 Cecil B. Moore Avenue was the place to be for all things Halloween.

Over Halloween weekend, Cecil B. Moore Avenue transformed into a Halloween extravaganza. More than 700 kids in costumes—ranging from batman and cheetahs to M&M’s and ninjas—attended the 10th annual Avenue of Treats celebration.

Temple University students from numerous organizations volunteered at the event, which was hosted by Beech Community Services, an organization that acts as a liaison between the residents and business owners of the Cecil B. Moore community. Temple’s Department of Campus Safety Services and several local businesses also supported the event in an effort to provide residents of North Philadelphia with a festive, fun and safe Halloween atmosphere.

Christine Brown, director of Beech Community Services explained, “We’re happy that our local law enforcement agency has joined us, as we work hard to ensure that the children stay safe and have a great Halloween.”

In addition to collecting treats provided by Temple's Office of Community Relations, families were able to explore a haunted house attraction and have their faces painted.

Kanika Force, who grew up just two blocks away from Cecil. B Moore, celebrated her fifth year participating in Avenue of Treats with her daughter and son.

“I love coming out here, it’s a safe, fun and free event that my children can participate in,” she said. “It’s really a great neighborhood event.”

Photography by: Betsy Manning