MONTCLAIR, NJ - Fourth Ward Councilor Renee Baskerville and the Fourth Ward Collaborative announce the second annual Healthy Heritage Harvest (H3) Parade and Fest will take place on Friday, Oct. 31, from 6-10 p.m., in the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation headquarters, located at 11 Pine St.

Music, games, storytelling, dancing, crafts and a visit to Fire Headquarters will be offered to youngsters. Those who want to come in costume are encouraged to wear outfits that reflect the richness and diversity of the community culture. There will also be a parade of stars with children divided into age groups to show off their costumes.

“This year promises to be larger and more exciting than our inaugural event,” Baskerville said. “Our goal remains the same – to provide children and families with a smarter, safer, healthier, more fun and meaningful alternative to traditional Halloween customs.”

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Each child will be given a bag of healthy snack options and a packet of seeds to plant for next year’s harvest. Adults will be offered the benefit of speaking with local health providers, a nutritionist, fitness experts and other health and human needs service providers who promote a health lifestyle.

“The Harvest Fest falls on Halloween night this year, which makes it all the more important that we encourage families to attend as an alternative to trick-or-treating,” said Baskerville. “Not only will our children benefit from a much more safe and healthful event, families will have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fun evening together with their neighbors and friends.”

For more information or to find out how you can help with the H3 Parade and Festival event, email Councilor Baskerville at

H3 2014 event partners are:

Montclair Grass Roots
Montclair Sentinels
Montclair Fire Department
Representatives from Montclair Public Schools
Montclair Township
Eureka Lodge
Pride in Public Education
Families and Schools 2gether
Brothers to Brother
Sisters to Sister
Succeed Together
Katherine Curry of Sam Allen Realty
Montclair NAACP
Schlaeffer Masonry
Montclair Public Library (Matilda Williams; Story-Telling)
Mary Z
Montclair Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Delta Gems
Davis Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Montclair Cobras
Montclair Bulldogs
MHS Football Team and Cheerleader volunteers
Frog Hallow Neighborhood Association
Ascend Physical Therapy
MHS Civics and Justice Institute
The Pinnacle Foundation
Montclair Grass Roots
Montclairion Associates, Richard Polton, GP
Montclair Grass Roots

Friends of H3 include:

Ernestine Johnson 
Michelle Fine
Marcia Brewington,
Deputy Mayor Bob Russo
Marybeth Rosenthal
Alicia and Chad Riley
Jon and Sydney Simon
Councilor Robin Schlager
Sanford Sorkin