MADISON, NJ - With Halloween four days away, downtown Madison was packed Saturday afternoon with families and children in costume as the Madison Chamber of Commerce held their annual Halloween Hoopla.

The festivities included a parade, a magic show and trick or treating downtown where the majority of the stores and restaurants participated. Many families attend the event every year in addition to trick or treating on Halloween.

Kelly Dacey and her sons Daniel, Dylan and Eamon were strolling through Madison dressed up and filling their bags with candy. Dacey said they go every year and have a blast. It gives her kids a little extra fun before Halloween, she said.

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“I think it’s wonderful,” Dacey said. “We thought we better do it today in case we didn’t get to do it Wednesday.”

She added the kids always trick or treat on both days, because as long as there is candy in their buckets they are happy.

Meanwhile, one youngster was dressed as a villain from a classic movie that was made before his time. Christian Kassis, who has been to the event in the past was the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters. He said he likes the Halloween Hoopla because afterwards he can relax and not worry about homework.

“I didn’t really know it was from the movie Ghostbusters,” he said. “I just got it because it looked weird.”

Luke Chayut, who wore an evil jester costume, attended the event for the first time and loved it. Chayut said he really likes Madison’s trick or treating because he is able to get more candy before Halloween.

“I want more candy,” he said.