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7 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Westfield

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Enjoy a Halloween parade and costume contest in Downtown Westfield on Oct. 25. Credits: Jackie Lieberman
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WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be plenty of Halloween fun for everyone in Westfield starting this weekend:

1. On Sunday, Oct. 25, bring the kids to Downtown Westfield in their costumes to trick-or-treat in retail stores and restaurants from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

2. Afterward, the Optimist Club of Westfield will present a downtown Halloween parade at 2:15 p.m. beginning on Quimby Street and moving along North Avenue, Prospect Street, Broad Street, Elm Street and back to Quimby Street. During the event, there will be a costume contest sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation for children from pre-school through elementary school ages. Participants should arrive at Quimby at 2 p.m. Children should be accompanied by an adult. 

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3. Also on Oct. 25, the Miller-Cory House Museum will host its young children-friendly “Hocus Pocus” from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will include cupcake decorating, a scavenger hunt, crafts, storytelling, face painting and tattoos. Festive refreshments will be served. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. Reservations are required and will accepted until noon on Oct. 24. Admission is $5/child; accompanying adults are free. Call 908-232-1776.

4. Roosevelt School will present the spooky play “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m.  Tickets, $10 each, can be purchased online at http://ris.booktix.com/ or at the door at Roosevelt Intermediate School, 301 Clark St.  

5. Teens are invited to a Halloween party by the Westfield's Neighborhood Council at 127 Cacciola Place on Friday, Oct. 30. The event, for ages 13 and up, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be candy, food, music and a costume contest. The cost is $5 a person.

6. On Saturday, Oct. 31, the Westfield Neighborhood Council will host its 2nd Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat from 5  p.m. until 7 p.m. at 127 Cacciola Place for a safe, fun alternative to trick-or-treating for families. A party afterward will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

7. After Halloween, Westfield Family Dentistry at 228 St. Paul St. will buy back Halloween candy from kids. The candy goes to troops serving our country and children will receive one dollar per pound.

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