Mahwah’s annual Halloween celebration will be a bit different this year, according to an announcement from the township’s Rec Department Tuesday afternoon.
Previously announced plans for the Halloween Parade, usually held at Commodore Perry Field, have been changed, the announcement said.
Instead, this October 31, the parade will be held in the town hall parking lot on Corporate Drive.
A trunk-or-treat at town hall has also been added to this year’s event.
“All are welcome to join in the fun by bringing their treats in their trunks,” for trick-or-treaters to visit, the release said.
Those who plan to set up a car of candy should plan to arrive between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. to set up. The parade and Trunk-or-Treat will begin at 6 p.m.
Residents of all ages are invited to participate in the dual event. The township will award prizes for the best costumes by age group, including the best adult accompanying a child.
The township first held a trunk-or-treat event at town hall last year when Hurricane Sandy canceled Halloween. Mayor Bill Laforet said last year's event, which he estimates drew 2,000 people, inspired this year's revamp.
"Myself and Council President Harry Williams had an idea, joining the Mahwah Recreation Committee Halloween Parade and hosting Trunk-or-Treat into one huge event," he said in a release.
Laforet also thanked local volunteers who helped organize the event.
"It’s an event for all ages, families and children. Trunk-or-Treat is a safe, fun, community night."