On October 29, the Cranford Jaycees in partnership with the Cranford Recreation Department hosted the 17th Annual Brian Jenkins Memorial Halloween Parade and Costume Judging Contest. There were 68 applicants across 10 categories which included Ages 0-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-16, Parent-Child, Float, Group and Pet.
Unfortunately, this year’s event was limited only to the costume judging due to heavy rain that day. The parade and pumpkin drop were cancelled for this year but will return next year.
The costume contest featured a good number of ghouls and goblins with 51 between the ages of 0-11.
A video crew from Cranford TV 35 covered the entire event including the award presentation ceremony at the end. The video can be found at: https://cranfordtv35.viebit.com/.
The event was also covered by Dr. Frank Krause who captured 102 still photos which can be found at: https://cranfordhalloweenparade.shutterfly.com/. This site also has Halloween Parade photos going back to 2013.
Robert Schott, the Founder and Owner of WOWindows, LLC, was on hand to commemorate the event by giving a free Halloween WOWindow Poster to each of the winners. Robert and partner Brian Jenkins founded the Halloween Pumpkin Chunkin’ 17 years ago. Brian Jenkins passed away after a valiant fight against leukemia on August 31st, 2009. Brian was co-founder of WOWindows, LLC and owner of MagnetMailers.com.
This wasn’t the first time that this event has been affected by bad weather in its 17 year history.
In 2012, preparations for Hurricane Sandy almost forced organizers to cancel the entire event. Luckily, they were able to hold the costume judging and award ceremony in the Cranford Recreation Center’s gymnasium.
In 2011, a freak October blizzard forced parade organizers to cancel the pumpkin drop. That year only the costume judging, award ceremony and an abbreviated parade with just the children were held.
These are the 38 winners and their costumes in each category.
1st Place – Zoe Smith – Gumball Machine
1st Place – Analia Shah – Crazy Cat Lady
1st Place – Lucas Provence – Thomas the Train
2nd Place – Cade Harring – Scuba Diver
2nd Place – Loretta Schneekloth - Monkey
2nd Place – Thomas Fulks – Cowardly Lion
3rd Place – Olivia Morley - Peacock
3rd Place – Theodore Yuscavage - Knight
3rd Place – Ava Raskys – Strawberry Princess
1st Place – Adeline Neshimka – Unicorn Frap
1st Place – Tristan Strawder – Wacky Inflatable Tube Man
1st Place – John Neshimka - PacMan
2nd Place – Lily Roesnthal – Harley Quinn
2nd Place – Noah Karwowski - Dracula
2nd Place – Miles Bailer - Flash
3rd Place – Giavanna Galaris - Pirate
3rd Place – Lila Baldino - Elsa
3rd Place – Patrick Meier – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
1st Place – Dahlia Yuscavage – Emoji Family
2nd Place – Anastasia Pugliese – Tooth Fairy
3rd Place – Michael Neshimka – Stretched Lips
1st Place – Antonio Papapietbo – Elf on the Shelf
2nd Place – Sienna DeStefano - Zombie
3rd Place – Cecelia Imhoff - Kitten
1st Place – Victoria Lemp – Box of Valentine’s Chocolate
2nd Place – Nikki Gordon – Mouse in a Mousetrap
3rd Place – Anna Mufti - Cow
1st Place – Isabella D. – Girl Captain Hook
1st Place – Provence Family – Thomas The Train
2nd Place – McDevitts – Mary Poppins & Chimney Sweep
3rd Place – DeStefano’s – Green Army Soldiers
1st Place – Van Dyk Family – Box of Crayons
2nd Place – Currenti Family – Nightmare Before Christmas
3rd Place – Gray Kids – Circus Freaks
1st Place – Grillo Family – Fire Brigade
2nd Place – Pugliese Family – Trojan Rabbit
3rd Place – Steve Andelfinger – Walking Tiki Bar
1st Place – Judy Halleck – The Troll Tree