ELIZABETH, NJ – There were plenty of princesses, a fair share of Ninja Turtles, police officers, Harry Potters (even a Hogwarts professor), and exotic dancing girls parading all around city schools as Elizabeth gets ready for Halloween a day early, October 30.

There were parades around schools 15, 18, 20, and 21 that brought families, friends, and neighbors to watch and cheered them on. Schools 2, 9, 12, 19 hosted Trunk or Treats where parents decorated their cars and gave out treats to the students. It was Fall Festival time at schools 6, 7, 23, 27, and 29.

The fun continued tonight at the Harvest Fest at the Portuguese Instructive Social Club. This free family event, sponsored by the City of Elizabeth and Freeholder Sergio Granados, drew hundreds and featured hay rides, costume contests, games, entertainment, music, and food.

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“This is the third year I have been hosting this event,” said Freeholder Granados. “It’s an opportunity for youth to get together in a safe, secure place with their families. There’s an array of activities, photo booths, costume parade, hayrides, and food.”  

Adults aren’t left out of the fun, either. They can celebrate Halloween, too, at The Lobby. The night spot and restaurant is hosting a big Halloween event on Saturday night, starting at 9 p.m. It features DJ David S and DJ MAD. There’s a $750 prize for the most creative costume. The Lobby is located 821 Spring Street in Elizabeth. For more information, call 908-469-8088.