BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  The Berkeley Heights PBA Local 144 Halloween tradition continued for children and families on a picture perfect Saturday afternoon in the Municipal Parking Lot.

Decorated cars lined up for the children to parade around and grab candy and treats. Popular costumes included Super Heroes, Princesses, Witches, Winnie the Pooh and friends, along with Sesame Street favorites -- even dogs got into costume.

Sgt. Trent Fettes and Patrol Officer Jean Marie Mocarski created the event so children could have a safe place to continue the Halloween tradition of trick-or-treating. Since 2012, the community has embraced the event and it has grown each year. 

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Pearly Whites The Multi-Specialty Family Dentist also held their annual pumpkin decorating contest with glitter and an assortment of crafts and handed out free donuts and cider.

When trick-or-treating on Halloween night, please be mindful of the safety tips previously issued by the Berkeley Heights Police Department:

  • If you are out at night, please wear reflective tape on your costumes and bags as well as use a flashlight while walking.  Avoid costumes that pose tripping hazards.
  • Please look both ways when crossing the street and stay on sidewalks whenever possible rather than crossing through yards.
  • Please put your electronic devices down and keep your head up when walking.
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult while trick or treating.
  • Use extra caution and drive extra safely on Halloween.
  • Please drive slowly and exit and enter driveways always with caution. 
  • Homes welcoming trick or treaters should have sidewalks and entranceways well lit.
  • Consider including some allergy free offering in a treat basket not exposed to other candies