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Lansingburgh plans big Halloween Community Event


Bags and bags of candy are going into Knickerbacker Park in Lansingburgh.

Last year was the first Trunk-or-Treat here. It came together in response to gun violence, which had claimed the life of a child and left families on edge.

"I wanted to give them a safe space alternative to allow them to lose some of that anxiety and have their kids have a good time on Halloween," said organizer Marc Pallozzi, head of the Knickerbacker Board.

The response last year took organizers by surprise.

"The line literally went a quarter mile up to the old pool location, so we were a little overwhelmed last year that we had that many people which is why in the middle of the event, we had to go out and get more candy because we ran out pretty quickly," said Pallozzi. "So we're not taking any chances this year. We have about 50,000 pieces of candy this year compared to last year." This year, even the park looks different, with a working fountain and a new playground.

So many volunteers signed up cars, they're almost at capacity, and all are excited to give the children some candy, a few memories, and a lot of smiles.

The Lansingburgh Trick or Treat Street is on Halloween, noon to 4 at Knickerbacker Park.

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