HACKENSACK, N.J. — Witches in black pointed hats stirring cauldrons. Sugar skulls and coffins. Endearing scarecrows. And, if the big, fake black spiders in their thickly-woven cobwebs aren’t enough to send tingles down your spine, there will be plenty of whimsical ghosts!
For the first year ever, the Hackensack Recreation Department is teaming up with the city Art Department to take full advantage of the eerie, gigantic trees in Foschini Park to transform the long, winding pathway leading into it into a spooktacular Boo-Thru with plenty of smile-cracking signs upon entry.
Before heading out for a socially-distanced day of trick-or-treating, parents and their children are encouraged to stop by the park at 278 River Street between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Halloween to view this wicked-good display in a “not-too-spooky-reverse parade” — all from the comfort of your cars. Adding to this magical experience will be Sparky the Fire Dog with members of the City Fire Department! All you have to do is honk (but screaming is preferred!) and wave at all the costumed characters that will greet you.
After spectators get their fix of Halloween bliss, parents and ghouls (we mean guardians!) will be asked to roll down their windows so kiddos can receive a handful of candies at the conclusion of their visit. (A rain date is planned for Sunday, November 1.)
“It’s a safe and socially-distanced, fun thing to do on Halloween,” explained Rose Frontignano, interim superintendent of the Hackensack Recreation Department. “[Kids and adults] can drive through and enjoy the sights, and wear costumes in their car if they want.”
While a temporary switch from the yearly kids’ Halloween party with a magician, pumpkin-carving contest and ragamuffin parade previously staged every Saturday before October 31, Frontignano said the event is something the recreation department will consider continuing in its slate of holiday programming in 2021, if of course, kids scream their approval.
“If this is something that ends up being a good thing, we’ll do a version of it. Hopefully, we're doing it because we want to, and not because we have to next year,” she joked.