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Tight-knit block celebrates 70th annual Halloween party

Posted at 11:26 PM, Oct 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-31 23:26:32-04

It's a small street with a big heart, and even bigger celebrations. Monday night was no exception. Clarendon Place held it's 70th annual Halloween party. It's a tradition that traces it's origins back to post World War II America.

"[My friends] always ask 'oh why don't you come to my house today?' and I'm like no, this is the best - you gotta come here," said Michael Masiello, who lives on the close-knit block.

If he can't convince you, maybe Evan Lewis can. Lewis has lived on Clarendon Place all his life, and after a lifetime of Halloween traditions and great neighbors, he and his wife decided to stay put.

"Everybody here is so close," said Lewis. "Everybody knows everybody's name, everybody knows pretty much when everyone goes on vacation, and we watch out for each other."

"We realized what a wonderful neighborhood Evan grew up in, so we wanted to have that for our own children," said Trish Lewis, Evan's wife, as she showed off her Ree Drummond, a.k.a. "Pioneer Woman" Halloween costume. 

Part of what they say made this neighborhood so great? This tradition, where hundreds flood the block for some dancing, contests, and of course, a costume parade.

"It's just a great way to get to know your neighbors a little better than just a quick hello in the street in the typical work week," said Evan.

No matter how long you've lived on this street, as soon as you move in, you become part of this Halloween festivity.

"It's a great neighborhood, it's a great street, lots of respect, lots of teamwork," said Saziye Bayram, who moved to the street in 2012. She is also the chair of the Clarendon Place Halloween Party this year. "I couldn't ask for anything else."

"It's a great street and the neighbors love it, and we all get together and we all share," said Michael Henry, who has lived on this street for 30 years.

Each year, the responsibility of who is in charge of this block party is passed on to one of the newest families in the neighborhood. But no pressure, this party continues rain or shine!

"Doesn't matter if it rains, if it's shiny, or if it snows... it gets done!" said Bayram.

Luckily, the weather was nice, and the party was a success.