CALDWELL, NJ - When All Halloweds Eve, a/k/a Halloween, falls on a Sat., it makes the holiday even more special... particularly in Caldwell.
Events in the Boro on Saturday, Oct. 31, will open at 10 a.m. with a parade and other fun events for children at Grover Cleveland Park, hosted by the GCP Conservancy in conjunction with the Caldwell/West Caldwell Rec Department.
According to the GCP, games, crafts, stories, refreshments and goody bags will be available to all attendees. In addition, trophies for best costumes will be awarded in three age groups: infant- two-years-old, pre-Kindergarten and grades 1-3.
The morning will also include a Halloween Parade, where youngsters are encouraged to don costumes and parade around the GC Park Pond.
Registration must be done by 10:30 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10:45 a.m. (adults must accompany the children).
Next, in a perhaps less structured annual tradition, businesses all along Bloomfield Ave. will welcome costumed trick-or-treaters from Noon until 4 p.m.
According to June Cowell of Lovely Living Interiors and the president of the Caldwell Merchant's Association, 75 or more stores along the stretch of the Avenue from Gelotti Ice Cream to Ace Hardware will be participating, with special Caldwell Police Department crossings set up at Roseland Ave., Gould Place and Central Ave.
“It's always a great day, whether you are in costume or just coming to see all the great costumes that are being worn,” said Cowell, a longtime Caldwell dweller and a member of the Grover Cleveland High Class of 1957, who added, “we really have to thank the Caldwell Police for all their help.”
Finally, for adults, perhaps the best thing about Halloween falling on a Sat. is that there will be one extra hour of party time during the overnight, since the final Sat. of Oct./first Sunday of Nov. brings the change from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, a switch which will see 3 a.m. go back to a second 2 a.m.