BARNEGAT/WARETOWN, NJ – A different kind of fear spooked authorities into shutting down the 2020 Waretown Haunted Hayride this year. However, the spirit of Halloween lives on in both Barnegat and Ocean Township with some amazing opportunities for fun.

Residents don’t have to be of voting age to cast ballots for Barnegat’s Scarecrow Decorating Contest.   Many on the list of local businesses competing for recognition are on Main Street, although there are others on Barnegat Boulevard and West Bay Avenue.

Both the Russell O. Brackman Middle School and Cloverdale Farm County Park have also put up scarecrows. All of the entries add to the community’s harvest season and can be found at these addresses.  Stay tuned for more photographs of the entrants in this year’s contest.

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Communities that Care has taken charge of tabulating the votes to determine the winner. Ballots should be submitted online – using this link.

Barnegat authorities have added to some recommendations from the state as far as trick or treating in the community. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year and officials have left it to the discretion of parents and guardians as far as participation.

The Township sent out a Nixle alert at the beginning of the month suggesting that trick or treating is best conducted safely between 12-8 pm.  Curfew should be deemed age-appropriate, no later than 10 pm.

The Nixle alert also contains safety tips for those heading out for an afternoon or evening of dropping in homes for treats. Candy givers should also review suggestions designed to avert prospective health issues.

Ocean Township continues with a contest of its own as a busload of special judges deliberate over the most “spooktacularly decorated” homes in the community.  Three gift cards will be awarded to the top winners selected by the judges on October 21, 2020.

TAPitnoBarnegat/Waretown will provide photographs of each of the entries. Members of the community can venture out to see them firsthand at the following addresses:

Ocean Township Decorated Homes in No Particular Order
405 6th St 442 7th St 8 Hopi Ct
69 Barnegat Beach Blvd 53 Clearwater Dr 20 Pennsylvania Ave
46 Illinois Ave 74 Michigan Ave 110 Dollmore Ave
1 Hornblower Dr 30 Lighthouse Dr 25 Spruce St
24 Bay Parkway 117 Bay Parkway 25 Laurelwyck Rd

Trailside Gardens offers an opportunity for kids to have a “Cone with a Cop” once again on Friday, October 30, 2020 from 6-9 pm.  Little monsters, ghosts and zombies are all invited for a free ice cream cone – courtesy of the Ocean Township PBA Local #371 and Township of Ocean Municipal Alliance.

Other Halloween events throughout Southern Ocean County include “Boo” Rides at the Tuckerton Seaport. Operation Halloween – Zombie Outbreak and LBI Museum’s Annual Ghost Fest and Haunted Museum are on for this Saturday.  There’s also the Undeadly Trail at Gille Park in Lacey recommended for scary folks over age eight.  The list does not stop here of events left in the local vicinity – check them all out here.

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