On October 18, 2017 local township children came out to enjoy a beautiful fall afternoon painting pumpkins at Parker Press in Woodbridge. Then on October 19, 2017, children had fun at Parker Press stuffing their own Scarecrows.
No need to travel, Woodbridge Township offers a wide range of Halloween and fall events right here in your backyards.
Here are some of the fun events that you and your families can enjoy this season;
Woodbridge Haunted Ghost Tours & Zombie Walk take-over Main Street on Sat., Oct. 21!!! Zombie Walk leaves from the (some say haunted) School District Administration Building, 428 School Street, at 5:00 PM and ends at Parker Press Park. Haunted Ghost Tours begin at 6:30 PM from Parker Press Park. Tours depart every 15 minutes. Tickets: $8.00. For more information follow on FaceBook at Woodbridge Ghost Walk, www.hauntedhistoryproductions.com or call 732-596-4048. (All proceeds benefit local charitable organizations and causes.)
The Recreation Department’s Halloween “Trunk-or-Treat & Costume Contest” returns to the Woodbridge Community Center (WCC), 600 Main Street, on Sun., Oct. 22 from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. Show off your Halloween costume while “Trunk-or-Treating.” Prizes for funniest, scariest and most original costume. “Trunk or Treaters” must pre-register to hand out candy by Oct. 13. The Recreation Department will not accept any walk-ups.
Participants will receive a Registration Certificate that must be presented upon arrival at the WCC. To Register: RecreationDepartment@twp.woodbridge.nj.us. And, stick around for the Halloween Drive-In Movie – “Hotel Transylvania” showing at dusk in the WCC parking lot.
The “Haunted Halloween Hay Ride & Family Fun Festival” is set for Thurs., Oct. 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. at Parker Press Park. But, Beware of the Ghosts & Goblins along the way!!!
As Halloween has grown in popularity, so have responsibilities to safeguard and protect our ‘trick-or-treaters’ as they go from house-to-house and to the special holiday events sponsored by the Township Department of Recreation, schools and community groups. While the Woodbridge Police Department (WPD) will be watching out for our ‘ghosts and goblins’ as part of special Halloween patrols and the Health Department is available to provide information on healthy treats, the safety of our youngest ‘trick-or-treaters’ falls to parents and older children. We encourage everyone – young and old alike – to think ‘safety first’ as they attend the many Halloween events and as youngsters take to the streets for ‘trick-or-treating’ on Halloween.”
The WPD will enforce a special Halloween curfew on the evenings of Mon., Oct. 30 (Mischief Night) and Tues., Oct. 31 (Halloween). While scary fun is great, special safety reminders and precautions will be in place in order to keep Township “trick-or-treaters” out of harm’s way. The curfew is in place from 7:00 P.M. to sunrise on Sun., Oct. 30 and Mon., Oct. 31 and applies to everyone under the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult). Police will issue a warning and instructions to return home to first-time violators; second offense violators will be taken into custody and held until picked up by a parent or guardian.
The WPD also issued important Halloween safety precautions:
• Make sure “Trick-or-Treaters” know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on – that is the signal that the homeowner/resident is ready to greet “Trick-or-Treaters.” NEVER ENTER A STRANGER’S HOUSE OR VEHICLE;
• Consider using make-up rather than masks. Masks obstruct vision, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic;
• Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to darker costumes;
• Always carry a flashlight or an inexpensive battery-operated strobe light;
• An adult should always accompany small children while “Trick-or-Treating.” Older children should travel in groups for safety;
• Trick-or-treat in daylight hours;
• Consider handing out something other than candy – fast food coupons, sports cards, and other novelty items make for safe treats;
• Trick-or-treaters should return home before opening candy and other treats – previously opened candy should be thrown out.