NEWARK, NJ — Following trend with many other cultural centers nationwide, Symphony Hall will host its first-ever Trunk-or-Treat event for the Newark community this weekend.

Trunk-or-Treating is a safe alternative for the city’s children to dress up and collect candy in the spirit of Halloween. “Trunkers” decorate the trunks of their cars and fill them with candy and prizes for trunk-or-treaters to receive as they walk around the designated event space. 

The Trick-or-Treating alternative has gained popularity in recent years, emerging as a safer Halloween option for city-dwelling children. 

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“Safety the keyword, we’re a gated and secure environment,” said Cisely Martin-Breeden, Children’s Performing Arts Academy Program director at Symphony Hall. “We want to serve as a place where people in the community can come and participate in a family environment

Martin-Breeder said that the event expects 15 “trunkers” and at about 100 children to participate. Candy donations are welcome. 

Newark Symphony Hall’s festivities will kick off 11 a.m. on Oct. 26 and run until 4 p.m. For questions or information, contact Martin-Breeden at 973-643-4550 ext. 122.