Somerville, NJ- At the center of Halloween is family fun, and the EmPoWER Family Success Center specializes in just that! Each month they hold a FREE Family Fun Event and invite Somerset County families to spend quality time together without any cost. Event themes change month to month and often coincide with relevant holidays and celebrations. On Friday October 30th, the 3rd annual Downtown Somerville Spooktacular, co-hosted by the Downtown Somerville Alliance, drew in over 1,000 attendees. Families enjoyed trick-or-treating, playing games, listening to music, and participating in a ‘Spooktacular Passport Adventure’ touring Somerville’s bewitching downtown. Now THAT’s a community celebration!
Thirteen local shops and organizations worked as ‘Passport Stops’ on both Division Street and Main Street inviting Spooktacular attendees to enjoy Halloween treats and participate in spooky activities. Katili's Chocolates, Rita's Italian Ice, Tropiano's Jewelry Boutique, Illustrated Beauty, Yogurtland, Three Hearts Home, Zen Image Studio, Gems & Stems Floral and Gift Boutique, Affinity Federal Credit Union Foundation, Blue Sheep Bake Shop, Carol's Creative Chocolatez,Artisanal Tattoo, & Raritan Valley Community College were among the participants. Attendees who completed the ‘Passport Adventure’ were entered to win raffle prizes including a Halloween Pumpkin hand-carved by Rich Palumbo, a ‘Family Game Night’ basket paired with a gift card to Alfonso’s Family Trattoria, a ‘Movie Night’ basket, and a Raritan Valley Community College prize package featuring tickets to the Planetarium and RVCC Arts Theater.
Over 35 volunteers donated their time and skills to this event and many additional Downtown Somerville businesses provided candy, trinkets, and coupons to be used for the upcoming holiday season. The Downtown Somerville Alliance, Katili’s Chocolates, and EmPoWER Family Success Center were the primary sponsors of this successful event.
The EmPoWER Family Success Center is a community gathering place that provides free family fun activities, workshops and connects families to local resources. The EmPoWER FSC holds at least one free family fun night each month throughout Somerset County. To find out more about the EmPoWER Family Success Center’s upcoming events, call (908) 722-4400, “like” their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/empowerfsc or visit their website atwww.empowerfsc.com.
The EmPoWER Family Success Center is a program of EmPoWER Somerset, a nonprofit organization that develops and implements strategies to create healthier communities within Somerset County. #RVCC #EmPOWER
Raritan Valley Community College Volunteers with RVCC Admissions Staff Member and Record Co-advisor Christian Rosario (Front/Center) man RVCC's Table at EmPOWER's Halloween Night in Somervile, New Jersey. Photo Courtesy EmPOWER Family Sucess Center.