BERKELEY Heights, NJ - The Berkeley Heights PBA 144 held its fourth annual Trunk or Treat event for the children of Berkeley Heights on Saturday, Oct. 25, turning the backs of mini vans and sport utility vehicles into the new front porch with dangling spiders and cobwebs.
Trunk-or-treating has put a twist on the door-to-door candy-collecting, bringing Halloween from the streets to the safety of the municipal parking lot for the smallest of trick-or-treaters.l
Ptl. Jeanne-Marie Mocarski came up with the idea as a substitute to going door to door after the severity of the storms of the past few years -- Hurricane Sandy, Irene and the ice storm that knocked out power throughout town.
"We want to give a safe opportunity for the kids to trick or treat," said Mocarski, "especially for the youngest of children."
After snapping a group photo, the children preceded to go car to car getting treats and enjoying the festive decorations.
Cheri Pertesis and Hilary Froehlich of Anything Floral enjoy being involved in this event every year, with their green van exuding the ghoulish spirit of Halloween.
"This is great for the kids, but I’ll tell you, the parents end up having just as much fun,” said Lori Nelson, who has participated with her children every year.
New this year, Pearly Whites Dentistry held a pumpkin carving contest serving donuts and cider to all of the trunk-or treaters.