FLEMINGTON, NJ - The borough’s annual Halloween parade may not be held this year.
Borough Councilperson John Gorman told Council at its meeting last night that the parade’s longtime sponsor – the VFW – has decided “that they are not doing the Halloween parade this year.”
Gorman said the VFW has backed out because of the “cost, not getting recognition, not getting volunteers to help do the project.”
Gorman said he’ll present the problem to the borough Parks and Recreation Committee to see if they can help. I am going to present that to the Recreation meeting.
“We only have a month so I’m not sure we can put it together,” Gorman said.
“It doesn’t mean Halloween is cancelled.”
The parade included judging of the costumes and awards for winners.
Resident Robert Shore told Council the parade problem is emblematic of a bigger borough problem.
The Halloween parade is “something that’s been here forever,” Shore said. “I’ve been in Flemington since 1982 ... the Halloween parade was always a big hit.”
Shore recalled one year when “my daughters both won first place for their age category. I thought it was a pretty special thing to do.”
Shore said that the “lack of recognition and acknowledgement of hard-working volunteers has cost us dearly in this town,” while in the past it was “never a challenge” to find residents willing to pitch in.
Gorman promised to report on the status of the parade at Council’s Sept. 25 meeting.
Editor's note: This article has ben updated to correct the date of the Borough Council meeting where the parade was discussed.