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Halloween event brings family fun to storm damaged city

Witches and Ninja Turtles joined superheroes and princesses for a fun filled evening Halloween Trunk or Treat and National Night Out at the city’s downtown pavilion Monday night.

The night of candy and goody collecting brought smiles to children and parents as well as organizers and those participating.

“We’ve done this for six years now. This was a last minute thing this year because of (Tropical Storm) Harvey,” Francis Valka of Opie’s Towing, said. “Harvey was our main reason for pulling together. People are getting back on their feet and we are here to support the community.”

Valka, dressed as a witch, was joined by the superheroes from Opie’s — Allen Valko/Ironman, Mikalah Gibson/Batwoman, Emily Broussard/Supergirl, Korey Valka/Captain America, and Ian Gibson/Hulk. The garnered a central spot where they had decorated hearse atop a tow truck.

Ladies With Class Inc., a group dedicated to the healthy development of young ladies by building their self-esteem and self-worth, passed out cupcakes and other goodies. Group president Alicia Valentine took a step back and grabbed pics and video as members Jasmine Redeaux and Courtney Moore posed for a photo with one of the girl’s they mentor, Kaybree Carter.

“We are here to serve our community and give back,” Valentine said, adding that this event was a good way to help the community and get their minds off Harvey.”

Tropical Storm Harvey struck the area in late August with catastrophic flooding and an estimated 80 percent of Port Arthur homes were affected.

Members of Port Arthur Police Department, Port Arthur Fire Department and Port Arthur Neighborhood Action Council were also on hand as part of National Night Out. The annual event was rescheduled due to Harvey with organizers wanting to give the community something to take their minds off the storm’s devastation and provide a fun filled night.

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