MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - A clear and crisp autumn day made for a sweet Hallow’s Eve in the Borough on Tuesday, when hundreds of trick or treaters of all ages made their annual trek down and around Old Tote Road.
A food theme appeared to be most popular this year, as children dressed up as tacos, hot dogs, French fries, cupcakes, macaroni and cheese, candy bars, slices of pizza and an even an entire platter of sushi.
Old Tote Road has been a destination spot where children and parents congregate shortly after the school day ends when police barricade the street, limiting it to foot traffic only. The neighborhood has grown in popularity on Halloween, and naturally takes a large bite out of the respective residents’ candy budgets.
Old Tote Road resident Sandy Burdge noted that by the end of the night, it was likely she would hand out approximately 900 pieces of candy.
To aid in purchasing the high volume of candy needed to accommodate the number of trick-or-treaters, donations from local townspeople are collected at a drop off point about a week or two in advance of Halloween and subsequently distributed by volunteers, some of whom are children in the eighth grade at Deerfield School in need of community service hours.
Adding to the fun were many dogs parading with their humans, some dressed in matching costumes with their canine companions. Members of Mountainside’s police and fire departments also handed out candy, ensuring a fun and safe time was had by all.
Photo Credits: Linda Condrillo