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Monsters, pumpkins, and happy memories in Chinatown

The Chinatown Halloween Festival was another spectacular and special day for the community, as both Waverly and the Upper Plaza at Rose Pak Station filled with ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, and smiles.

With a record team of 90 youth volunteers, CYC coordinated a wide range of spooky and family-friendly activities, including carnival games, crafts, pumpkin picking, and costume contests. Local artist Marina Wang led painting workshops for children, some of whom who bravely ventured into the (not too-scary) scary room at the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Clubhouse. Twenty-two local merchants offered discounts for the entire weekend, and Leos from the Lions Club stayed busy-busy leading popular Halloween bag-making lessons and mystery box games for the young ones.

This year’s Halloween Festival brings our annual series of Waverly events to a close for 2023, but we’ll be back for the Springtime Festival in April, and are already plotting an even-more stupendous Halloween Festival for next year’s 10th anniversary. Be sure to signup for our Chinatown newsletter to stay in the loop for all the details for Waverly and Upper Plaza events, and tag us on Instagram @cycsf if you have any spooky-scary photos from Halloween that you’d like to share.