MILLBURN, NJ — Halloween may look a bit different this year across the country, but for youthful residents of Millburn-Short Hills and their parents, Friday afternoon brought a chance for some candy and fun.

Taking place on the stretch of downtown Millburn closed off to traffic, the trick-or-treating event drew a crowd of children dressed in costumes with their parents in tow, for safe, socially distant fun. Even Mother Nature cooperated, as the sun came out, and the rain stopped for the afternoon.

Marla Itzkin, the marketing consultant for Explore Millburn-Short Hills, the non-profit BID organization behind the event, said it was a blast for her to see it come to fruition.

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"This has just been a great opportunity for the town to really come together and rally quickly, and have a great event supports the merchants not only in downtown, but all of our business areas," Itzkin said. "The kids are having a great time."

She also noted that with the pandemic still ongoing, the organizers behind the event had to be flexible in their planning for the event.

"The merchants and the SID, we all had to be very creative," Itzkin added. "So that the kids, the merchants, the town, could still have a Halloween, and have a great time in a safe way."

Itzkin made sure to mention hard work of the other trustees on the board, who she said planned the event.

Janell Cerino was one of the residents who stopped by yesterday afternoon. With kids in tow, Cerino said that the event was fun, and a great way to help celebrate Halloween during a year that has been anything but regular.

"It's nice," Cerino said. "It's nice for the kids to be able to do something, and we have to take advantage of the weather while we have it. It's a little chilly but it's a nice fall day and it's good for them."