FANWOOD/SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The annual Fanwood and Scotch Plains Halloween Parade and Costume Contest will begin at the Fanwood Memorial Library parking lot (corner of North and Forest Avenues in Fanwood) at 5:30 p.m. with the Trunk or Treat event.

“Everyone is encouraged to be on time, as the trucks will close at 6,” said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. The “Truck or Treat” event was devised to provide a safe, convenient way for parents with small children to have the Trick or Treat experience by going walking down a row of cars with their trucks open, to select candy, treats and surprises.

For parents who are taking the more traditional route of trick-or-treating, Scotch Plains Police Chief Brian Mahoney and Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo have both published a list of safety tips.

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The event is planned and coordinate by the Fanwood Recreation Commission and Scotch Plains Recreation Commission. 

The Halloween Parade will begin to form at 6 p.m. and at 6:15 will begin, leaving from in front of the Library and making its way to LaGrande Park.

Once at LaGrande, the costume judging will begin, followed by the Jack-o-Lantern Contest. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and the best Jack-o-Lantern.

Refreshments at LaGrande will be provided by Mara’s Café and Bakery. “We will be donating fresh-baked cookies and fresh-roasted coffee,” said Marci Semel, owner of Mara’s.  “We are really looking forward to participating in one of Fanwood’s most fun events of the year as a way of giving back for all the support we have received as a new business in this town.”

Most kids in Fanwood and Scotch Plains had their anticipated Halloween festivities taken from them last year, when the destruction and power failures resulting from Hurricane Sandy forced the mayors of the two communities to first postpone, and then eventually cancel, trick-or-treating in 2012. Some of the elementary schools never bothered to reschedule their Halloween parades for later in the fall, either.