CRANFORD - The Cranford Recreation and Parks Department and the Cranford Jaycees will be hosting the Brian Jenkins 19th Annual Halloween Parade, Costume Contest, and “Pumpkin Chunkin” on Sunday, October 27. 

According to the release, gathering and registration for the costume contest will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking lot at the Cranford Community Center. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. starting at the Cranford Community Center.  The parade will make its way towards Downtown Cranford via Walnut Avenue, and end near the Gazebo in Parking Lot #1, near the Fire Dept.

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Immediately following the Parade, the Pumpkin Chunkin will commence. Cranford’s Finest will drop several pumpkins from the fire truck ladder to make a big splash on North Union Ave.

Following the Pumpkin Chunkin, awards will be given out for Best Costume in the following age groups: 0-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-16.  Other categories include: adult/child team, group, hand-pulled mini floats, and pets.

Parade escorts include the Cranford High School Marching Band, Cranford Police Department, Cranford Fire Department, and the Cranford Emergency Squad.

The Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Chunkin, now in its 19th year, has become a Cranford tradition.  This is a great family event that the kids are guaranteed to love.  Be sure to bring out your little ghouls and goblins for the parade or just come down to cheer them on.