Near north side neighborhood holds ‘Halloween in June’ for cancer patient

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A near north side neighborhood held Halloween in June Saturday afternoon for a 5-year-old girl battling brain cancer.

Aurelia Gwaltney has been fighting for most of her life and absolutely loves Halloween.

So, her step-father got on Facebook and a bunch of Meridian Park neighbors came together for trick-or-treating, costumes and of course, candy.

"Honestly, I’m not surprised at the number of people who stepped up. We have high involvement in our community and so I’m not surprised, but I’m also super touched," said neighbor Ryan Noel, who passed out candy at his home.

Around 200 trick-or-treaters stopped at 30 homes during the special celebration. It went until 6 p.m. with a block party, named Boo Fest, afterwards where neighbors threw a large cookout.

The parents said their daughter was very happy while walking house to house.

"She loves it, and as far as she is concerned, it’s just Halloween," said Aurelia's step-father, Brett Edstene. "And she’s had some great experiences in the last few weeks."

Many homes passed out traditional Halloween candy, while some stayed away from chocolates because of the heat. Others were giving out drinks and popsicles to help everyone with the weather.

Edstene said he hopes the family can start this as an annual event, making next year's a fundraiser.

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