Ursula Santo, a resident of Greenpoint, brought her son to the event. “He loves to make things,” she said of her four-year-old, Patrick, who was busy painting a spider made out of pipe cleaners and paper plates. Santo said they had been coming since they heard about the event last year.
Local resident Nicole Uccio also brought her five-year-old son, Jacob, and her 15-year-old, daughter, Alexis, to enjoy the many activities offered. “It really gets you in the mood for Halloween,” Uccio said, who was looking forward to taking a tour of the YMCA’s haunted house, located in the building’s basement.
“We just love it when people come out for our family days,” said Kevin Hicks, executive director of the YMCA. Hicks said approximately 150 people had already stopped by the event to participate in the activities.
As part of the YMCA’s campaign for membership, which wrapped up on Oct. 8, Hicks said events like this encouraged people in the neighborhood to come out and see what the YMCA had to offer as a health club and a place for families.
“It’s not just a place for people who are big gym buffs,” Hicks said. “It’s a place for families, too, and there are opportunities for everyone.”