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The seventh annual Chinatown Halloween Neighborhood Festival is set to take place Saturday in San Francisco, and after a rough year, organizers are hoping the event will raise the historic neighborhood’s spirits.

The family-friendly Halloween event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Waverly Place, between Sacramento and Washington streets, and at the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground clubhouse.

The event includes games and activities for kids, a pumpkin patch, and performances by dancers from Sifu Norman Lau’s Lion Dance ME group.

In addition, several Chinatown merchants will be offering special discounts over the weekend to encourage attendees to visit local businesses.

The event is organized by the Community Youth Center of San Francisco.

The Chinatown Halloween Neighborhood Festival is an annual tradition that includes costumes, games and activities for kids, a pumpkin patch, and performances by lion dancers. (Photo courtesy of Community Youth Center of San Francisco)

“Halloween has always been a very spirited event in Chinatown and we’re excited to be back on Waverly again this year to continue the tradition,” CYC Executive Director Sarah Wan said in a statement. “We also look forward to having Willie ‘Woo Woo’ Wong Playground take part in the festival for the first time since the renovation.”

Earlier this year, the playground underwent a $14.5 million renovation, allowing for the construction of the new clubhouse.

“As the city emerges out of the pandemic, it’s not enough to focus on economic recovery. The work to uplift Chinatown’s spirit through community activation is just as important,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin, whose district includes Chinatown. “Thank you, Community Youth Center, for continuing this Halloween tradition because these annual events keep the community together and give it strength.”

More information about the event can be found online.

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