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Berkeley Heights Police Department Holds Annual Trunk or Treat

Alexa Miranda was dressed as a gothic ragdoll and Ashley was a supergirl Credits: Jason Cohen
Brandon and Austin McGwire with their cousins Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen
Calvin Campos as a transformer Credits: Jason Cohen
Credits: Jason Cohen

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With rain and strong winds on the way, Berkeley Heights residents were not scared off by the threat of Hurricane Sandy and many of them attended the Berkeley Heights Police Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28.

For the second year in a row, people’s cars were on display in the police parking lot showing off their decorated Halloween-themed trunks.  While each vehicle had its own unique look, they all had candy.

Many adults were nervous about the incoming storm, but the children had a blast at the event. The youngsters were dressed in a variety of costumes including Power Rangers, Toy Story characters, Transformers and super heroes.

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As they went to each car and saw the different items on display, the children given candy. With the threat of power being out this week, many parents were happy that their children could trick or treat before the storm arrives.

Susan Miranda and her family recently moved to Berkeley Heights and she said they love the community. Consequently, it was their first time attending the event and she thought it was a lot of fun.  More importantly now the kids don’t have to go door to door for candy. Her husband decorated the car with a cemetery theme and used tombstones, skulls, pumpkins and bloody hands.

“It’s exciting,” Miranda said. “It’s nice, but it’s not that chilly outside, so they’re going to have fun.”

Her daughter, Alexa, was dressed as a gothic ragdoll and her younger one, Ashley, was supergirl.

Andrea McGwire, of Middlesex, said she likes going to different Halloween trunk shows, although she has never been to the one in Berkeley Heights. Her sons, 4-year-old Brandon and 10 –month- old Austin, were dressed as tigers and were playing around with their cousins while looking for candy.

 She had doughnuts and inflatable spiders and rats in her trunk, but she was impressed with the other cars, she said.

“I think it’s cool,” she said. “I’m not as creative as some people so I like to see it.”

One child that had everyone’s attention was Calvin Campos, who was a Transformer. He loves the movies and the comic books and even wore his costume to Comic-Con in Manhattan over the summer.  

He and his dad Kevin, worked on his costume for three months and really made a mess in the house, but had a lot of fun bonding, Kevin said. They made the costume in such a way that he can walk as a Transformer but it also folds into a car, as well.

“It’s really just using duct tape and cardboard boxes and figuring out if they connect together,” he said. “It came out great.”

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