MONTVILLE, NJ - This year’s Halloween was sort of a bummer for most due to the rainy weather. Some Montville residents probably had a lot of holiday activities that were meant to be outdoors, but were cancelled.

However, on All Hallows’ Eve, there was one local event that the Montville Township Parks & Recreation Department didn’t want a little rain to cancel; the annual Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat is a nationwide initiative that allows for kids to participate in the fun tradition of trick-or-treating, but in a safer, more populated environment. Normally, they occur in large parking lots where adults open and decorate their car trunks full of candy. But due to the rain in Montville, recreation members decided to move the event to the Senior House, located next door to the Municipal Court Building.

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Though a small space inside, the Senior House was filled with tables representing local organizations and businesses. Some of these groups included the Montville Kiwanis, Lincoln 1st Bank, the Montville Township 1st Aid Squad, The Michelle Fund, Above & Beyond Plumbing and Heating, Montville PBA Local 140, ShopRite, New York Life, Just Dance Academy, RE/MAX and Towaco Service Center.

“We’re part of the town and therefore we support all the town activities,” said Lucy Tullo, secretary of the Montville Democratic Committee. “Trunk or Treat is great and a safe place for kids to enjoy holiday trick-or-treating and it gives local organizations and businesses a chance to give back to the community they are from.”

At each table there was an endless supply of candies, goodie packets, chip bags, and everything kids enjoy during Halloween. 

“This event is wonderful no matter what the weather is,” said Geri Singer, owner of Gymboree in Pine Brook. “Montville’s the kind of district who can still hold these events, rain or shine, and provide a safe environment. Kids need that kind of place.”

Many would have thought that no one would come to the Senior House but, truth to be told, over 1,000 kids and their parents came trunk-or-treating. During the event, a long line was seen from the Senior House towards the municipal court building.

“Trunk or Treat has always been a great idea for the community,” said Eric Holswade, firefighter in the Towaco Fire Department, whose table handed out pretzels in the shape of pumpkins and bats. “Shame though it had to be indoors.”

But despite the event being indoors, kids continued to pour into the Senior House. And even when the doors closed, kids swarmed around the township, seeking more candy from the houses in their neighborhoods. Indeed, the Halloween spirit in Montville Township was stronger than any weather.

To learn more about the Montville Township Parks & Recreation Department, visit them on the municipal website at, or visit them on Facebook at


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