Tompkins Scare Park Public Festival Supports A Healthy Halloween To Fight Child Obesity and Diabetes

Dr. Oz from the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr. Mache Seibel of HealthRock and Grandmaster Melle Mel to Participate in NEW YORK HealthCorps, founded by Health Expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show and heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Action Arts League announce the launch of a Healthy Halloween, a new month-long school and community initiative that markets Halloween as a healthy and fun celebration advocating creativity over candy in the fight against childhood obesity and diabetes. On October 1, twenty-eight New York City high schools affiliated with HealthCorps began creating costumes, art, and music to be showcased on October 27 at Tompkins Scare Park, a free public Halloween festival held in the East Village’s Tompkins Square Park. Making a special appearance, Hip Hop pioneer Grand Master Melle Mel will perform an original composition for the event. From noon until 8 p.m., a stretch of Tompkins Square Park will be transformed into a Halloween extravaganza of lively art, entertainment and healthy treats. Highlights include interactive art displays, costume fashion shows, Halloween caroling, and musical performances to delight nearly 5,000 children and adults expected to attend the festival. At 2 p.m., a press conference will be held with Dr. Oz, elected officials, sponsors and friends, including HealthRock founder, Dr. Mache Seibel, who wrote and will perform the event’s anthem, Healthy Halloween. Dr. Mache will also perform a HealthRock set with his band The HealthRockers at noon. Among scheduled performers are the Hungry March Band; Dan Green’s Robots; artists Penny Arcade and Zero Boy; Ray Santiago’s Afro-Cuba Band; Butoh dancers; a theremin player and the Luminescent Orchestrii. Festivities for more grownup kids, including art exhibits, interactive entertainment, and a multi-media haunting of the Park, will continue from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. Lifesize dioramas and costumes created by high-school students, Downtown New York City artists and HealthCorps coordinators will include such spooky designs as a haunted mouth of ghoulish cavities, cholesterol and a prematurely-aged heart. A trick or treat trail for younger children will be dotted with healthy treat sponsor booths and fun activities. HealthCorps partnership with Action Arts League represents an important step to giving our students a vehicle for creative and lively hands-on community health activism, said HealthCorps Executive Director Michelle Bouchard. According to Action Arts League Executive Director Jim Glaser, Tompkins Square Park has been the center for many artistic events and activist causes. Launching Healthy Halloween at Tompkins Scare Park unites an incredible display of Halloween creativity and an important message that we plan to spread in New York and around the world. Sponsors and participants of Healthy Halloween and Tompkins Scare Park include elected officials; Ricky’s; CleanBrands; Cell-nique Drinks; Bare Fruits; East Side Entrees; The Earth School; and The Lower East Side Girl’s Club. Tompkins Square Park is located at East 7th Street and Avenue A, between 7th and 10th Streets and Avenues A and B