RANDOLPH, NJ - Children of all ages braved the threatening weather to make this year’s Mt. Freedom Firehouse Trunk-or-Treat into a fun-filled Halloween village.

Co-sponsored by Randolph Parks and Recreation and held in the Randolph High School parking lot, the event drew an estimated 400 kids. There were 135 spaces purchased at $10 each ahead of time, and more cars were registered as the evening progressed.  All proceeds went to the Mt. Freedom Firehouse.

Parks and recreation Director Russ Newman summed up the spirit of the event, saying “I think everyone’s looking for a fun activity and a safe place to do it after the last two years of bad weather.”  2011’s rough snowstorm disrupted Halloween festivities that year and Hurricane Sandy did the same last year.

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Other local groups, including the high school Key Club, had a presence at the event.

At 6:25 p.m. the Halloween Parade was announced by loudspeaker. Several dozen youngsters trooped up to the high school track and commenced festivities there by running a lap in their costumes.

Most of the participants were Randolph residents. One exception was Brigid Dillon, who came all the way from Budd Lake to enjoy Halloween with family in a fun and safe atmosphere. She said she likes the idea of a Trunk-or-Treat because, “you don’t have to check the candy.”

Patty Pedric accompanied her young son Bryce, who was decked out in army uniform.  She said she dresses up with her kids every year and has fun putting together the costumes.  One year she was the butcher and her kids were the three blind mice, and another year they were the three little pigs to her big bad wolf.

Adults and children got into the spirit of the holiday.  There were vampires, witches, wizards and ghosts as well as a Star Wars Droid, a cowgirl and a glow-in-the-dark Peter Pan.