MONTVILLE, NJ – The Towaco Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Halloween parade and costume contest on Friday, Oct. 27, to the delight of pint-sized police officers, ninjas, monsters and clowns.

The event, which has been sponsored by the fire department for more than 40 years, featured a kids parade from the train station to the fire department, led by the fire trucks. Once inside, there were cider, donuts and coffee to be enjoyed.

Twelve-year-old Alexa Helmke was dressed as a gift to enjoy the party. She is the third generation of her family to participate, as mom Sheila Bell-Helmke and grandmother Gail Bell also participated when they were kids.

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“She has been coming since she was an infant,” Sheila said.

“My first thought was to dress as a vending machine,” Alexa said, “But then I only had two days left, and my mom had dressed as a present before so she helped me with this costume. I added the gift box lid, though.”

Four-year-old Gavin McNamara was dressed as a traffic light.

“I was looking out the window, and naming things I saw,” mom Theresa said. “I was trying to be silly, but he took me seriously!”

Other costumes included a girl in the shower, sleepover pals, a marionette, Pokemon, and that Halloween classic, Dracula.