PHOTOS: St Mary’s annual ‘Monster Mash’ in Bayside brings fall joy
Oct. 17, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan
St. Mary’s annual “Monster Mash” returned to Bayside this past Sunday, Oct. 15, offering fun fall-themed activities for the whole family.
The event returned to the parking lot of St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital last year after a pandemic hiatus. Last year they raised over $25,000 and this year they are on track to surpass that.
“We are thrilled to be able to welcome the St. Mary’s community to campus for our annual Monster Mash event, which brings joy, family fun and fall festivities to some of our youngest patients,” said Dr. Edwin Simpser, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. “We’d like to extend a huge thank you to our event sponsors and participants, your support for philanthropic events is vital in helping St. Mary’s to continue providing life-saving care to New York’s sickest children and their families.”
The outdoor event featured food, games, a costume contest, parade and face painting. Kids also had the opportunity to “trunk or treat” out of a range of spookily decorated car trunks ahead of Halloween. And jazz fans enjoyed a live performance from the NYPD’s jazz band.
Young attendees clad in costumes had the chance to paint their own pumpkins.Photo by Bruce Adler
Mr. Met also made an appearance and had the chance to interact with his fans. Photo by Bruce Adler
Local kids danced along to the NYPD jazz band’s performance. Photo by Bruce Adler
The annual St. Mary’s Monster Mash is a popular family-friendly fall event in Bayside. Photo by Bruce Adler
Kids had the dance to add to their costumes with some face paint. Photo by Bruce Adler
Rosa is one of the members of the NYPD jazz ensemble that performed on Sunday. Photo by Bruce Adler
The family-friendly event drew some spooky costumes. Photo by Bruce Adler
Kids took their time painting their mini pumpkins. Photo by Bruce Adler
The festive jazz band gave the kids a chance to show off their moves. Photo by Bruce Adler
The event had no shortage of fun costumes. Photo by Bruce Adler
Pumpkin painting was one of the more popular fall activities at the Monster Mash. Photo by Bruce Adler
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