Halloween Extravaganza Hits it Out of the Park


Caroline Krofcheck, Staff Writer

Saturday October 22 was a beautiful fall day. A perfect day for the Miracle League of the South Hills Halloween Extravaganza. The free event was sponsored by Edgar Snyder and Associates and was open to the public. Saturdays at the USC Recreation Center are always busy. Even more so this week as the crowded parking lot was brimming with excited children in their Halloween costumes. There was a thrill in the crisp autumn air as superheroes, princesses, and Mario Bros. made their way to the Miracle League field. 


The Miracle League of the South Hills came into existence with the help of former pro-baseballer and USC native, Sean Casey. The mission statement states, “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball.” The field has a cushioned rubberized surface, is wheelchair accessible, and flat. Ensuring wheelchair bound and visually impaired players a safe environment. The MLSH has a “buddies” program that fosters teamwork and friendship. 


Buddies are volunteers ages twelve and up who follow the players schedule and help them play the game. They help them bat, run the bases, and keep them in the game. “All three of my kids have been miracle league buddies. It’s been a wonderful experience. The joy and enthusiasm of the players is rewarding,” said Bertha Krofcheck. The fantastic energy and happiness at a Miracle League game was unbelievably eclipsed by this Halloween Extravaganza. The crowd literally bounced with anticipation from 11 to 2 pm. The entire event was free, costumes were encouraged but not required. The chefs from the South Point Gold Club grilled hotdogs and provided chips and water. Trick or treat tables were sponsored by Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Children’s Institute, the Watson Institute, the Upper Saint Clair and Bethel Park Rotary Club, the Community Foundation of Upper Saint Clair, Spencer Family YMCA, Top Golf, and dozens of others. Trick or treating continued throughout the day. 


“Derek has been counting the days to the halloween bash. He was so excited to finally put on his costume,” said Terri from Peters Township. The Miracle League expected 1,000 to 1,500 participants. Cara from Bethel Park said, “Emmy has been looking forward to the DJ.” There was a DJ dance party on the field that got everybody moving. The Clubhouse playground was open with balloons and airbrush tattoos. There was a photobooth, face painting, and a petting zoo. Stacy from Bethel Park was busy snapping pictures of her Spiderman petting a goat, “It’s so very nice to see him enjoying halloween in a safe supportive environment.”


Miracle League players and their families enjoyed all inclusive football, baseball, and basketball games. Ms. Smith from South Fayette was cheering on her princess as she rode the mechanical bull, “She is having the time of her life.” If you are interested in helping the Miracle League of South Hills there are many opportunities. There are buddies, coaches, scorekeepers, and announcers. There are group opportunities and internships available. Clearances are required for volunteers over eighteen. Check their website for more information.