BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hundreds of people got a head start with their Halloween festivities at the Berkeley Heights PBA 144 annual Trunk or Treat event. Originally scheduled for last weekend, Mother Nature came through on Saturday with a glorious, warm, sunny fall afternoon for the family friendly event.
Skeletons, princesses, super heroes, wizards, witches, cheerleaders, football players and more paraded through the municipal parking lot on Park Avenue, going from car trunk to car trunk trick-or-treating. Trunks were festively decked out for the event with pumpkins, ghosts, bats and other creative decorations. (See video.)
Ptl. Jeanne-Marie Mocarski came up with the idea as a substitute to going door to door after the severity of the storms that hit the area making Trick or Treating unsafe in 2011 after the ice storm that knocked out power throughout town and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The event has become a Berkeley Heights favorite annual tradition ever since, giving a safe opportunity for the kids to trick or treat.
After the annual group shot on the municipal building steps, the trick or treaters fell into line to follow Officer Trent Fettes in the police car for the Halloween parade of characters and then resumed to their trunk or treating.
Parents had just as much fun as the kids dressing up as Bat Man, Rapunzel, a minion, while some were dressed as prisoners with their pint size police officer. Included in the line-up of trunks were the Union County SWAT vehicle and Rescue Squad ambulance on display for the kids to tour.
Pearly Whites once again hosted a pumpkin painting contest, serving donuts and cider to all of the trunk-or treaters.