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Pumpkins in the Park Kicks Off Halloween with Candy, Kids and More 

Halloween may be on Sunday, but some kids got an early start on their trick or treating at the Bangor Auditorium Saturday afternoon for Pumpkins in the Park.”I think it’s fantastic because it’s a safe place for the kids to go,” said Donna Pare.Pare has been coming to Pumpkins in the Park for the past several years.This year, she brought her grandson to enjoy the bounce houses, pumpkins and of course the trick or treating.This is the eighth year United Cerebral Palsy hosted Pumpkins in the Park.Tish Pendergast, a member of the resource development team, says this is the organization’s biggest fundraiser that brings the community together.”It’s held every Saturday before Halloween so that’s when we hold the event so normally there’s a lot going on so families can make a day of it.”UCP serves 1,500 families and children with Cerebral Palsy, but also helps people with other disabilities as well.”Our name is United Cerebral Palsy but only about 3 percent of our clients actually have CP we do a wide range of disabilities from the autism spectrum to behavorial diseases,” she said.The money raised from the event goes to the organization’s program fund to help them continue to serve the community.Matthew Pinkhim volunteered for Saturday’s event, an event he remembers coming to when he was a kid.”It’s a great feeling to be able to hand back because I know I enjoyed coming here when I was a kid and it’s great to be the person that’s now giving the candy out to the kids,” he said.Last year, about 300 children attended the event.