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Hundreds Participate in West Caldwell-Caldwell Halloween Parade

Henry Fountis of Caldwell as a Garden Gnome Credits: Carla Wagner
Reid Mossberg of Caldwell as "The Claw" Credits: Carla Wagner

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — More than 400 local children participated in Caldwell’s annual Halloween Parade and costume contest on Saturday in Grover Cleveland Park, sponsored jointly by the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy and West Caldwell-Caldwell Recreation Department.

The day lent itself to a fun day in the park for the community, where games, crafts, stories, refreshments, photo booth, music and a maze were among the highlights. 

“This was the first year we invited West Essex Music Together to be a part of the event and they were a huge success,” said Shana Kendall Dastur, project manager for the event. “The little kids especially loved banging on the drums and making music outside.”

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Jessica Stauffer, Children’s Librarian from Caldwell Public Library, read to kids in the Pond House.

“It never ceases to amaze me how the kids enjoy listening to stories,” said Diane Mensinger, president of the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy.

Volunteers from the Caldwell University baseball team helped with crafts and games and also judged the winners in the parade. Several students from JCHS also volunteered their time for the event.

Starbucks donated coffee for the event as well as glazed donuts while the West Caldwell Public Library provided medals and goody bags to the winners of the costume contest. Trophies were awarded for three age groups: infant to two years old; Pre-K to Kindergarten; and grades 1-3.

Proceeds from the event will help replenish funds to plant more trees, plants, flowers and perennials in the park. 

“People don’t realize we lost over 200 trees in the past years with the storms,” said Mensinger. “Plus most trees are 100 years old and because of the age of the trees and the park, many need to be replaced.”

Winner of this year’s costume contest included:


Infants - 2 Yrs Old.

Best Costume Winners




Costume Description

Andy & Charlie Mandell

Annandale, NJ

Frat Wagon

Olivia Iannuzzi


Raggedy Ann

Henry Fountis


Garden Gnome

Charlotte Pezold; Sydney Pezold; Bryce Petto


Animal Cage

Michael Eitner; Anna Eitner


Red Riding Hood & Wolf




3-5 Year Olds 

 Best Costume Winners





Colton Floria

North Caldwell


Alex Natoli


Fighter Pilot

Jack & Lily Cantor


Ice Cream Truck and Mint Sunday

Reid Mossberg


The Claw

Asher & Aiden Lamotta-Redman


Guns & Roses

Liam Mandelius

West Caldwell





6+ Years Old

 Best Costume Winners





Anna Stiesi; Ruby Faust, Nathaniel Faust



Evan Otlowski

West Caldwell


Eric  Otlowski

West Caldwell

Burger King

Grace Hemesath



Ana Jager

West Caldwell

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