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South Orange Celebrates Halloween at Spiotta Park

Children run around Wanda the Friendly Witch in Spiotta Park in South Orange on Monday. Credits: Briana Knox
Members of the Timothy Smith family got into the Halloween spirit for the festivities at Spiotta Park. Credits: Briana Knox
Reese and Carter are ready to collect goodies at Halloween Fest. Credits: Briana Knox
Kids are excited to show off their costumes. Credits: Briana Knox

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Little monsters, pumpkins, ghosts and goblins, along with their parents, braved the frigid temperatures today to showcase their costumes, trick-or-treat and just have some Halloween fun at Village Center Alliance’s annual Halloween Fest in Spiotta Park.

Although Hurricane Sandy caused this event to be rescheduled from Oct. 31, the change did not dampen the excitement the children in the park had for Halloween. They still were eager to show off their costumes and, most importantly, get treats.

“My favorite thing about Halloween is candy,” 7-year-old Bristo said.

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His brother Bryce, also 7, agrees. “Yeah, I like getting candy.”

A line wrapped around Spiotta Park as children awaited the opportunity to parade before spectators and announce to the audience what they were dressed as.  Prizes were awarded for the best costume in six categories.

“I like the idea of dressing up and getting to be someone else,” Cassandra said.

Seton Hall’s Colleges Against Cancer gave out candy and members of the club played a game with the children called Guess That Body Part.

“This is College’s Against Cancer’s third year at this event,” said Lorina Murphy, a member of the organization.  “This is a great event because not only do we get to raise awareness about Relay for Life but we also get to have fun with the children.”

During the middle of the two-hour event, Alex Torpey, village president, thanked everyone for coming out. He also gave a brief update regarding transit service into New York City.

“New Jersey Transit promised that there will be more buses into the city starting tomorrow,” Torpey said, in order to accommodate workers who need to get in and out of the city, since many trains are still out of service.

Torpey acknowledged that there were still some residents without power; however, he said that PSE&G is working hard to get power restored to all in South Orange.

He even cracked a joke.

“I am surprised no one is dressed as a utility worker.”

The reporter is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.



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