Mahwah announced last week that it is planning an update to its traditional Halloween celebration. And now, local residents are planning a charity component to the reworked holiday event.
This Thursday at 6 p.m., Mahwah will host its traditional Halloween parade in a new location, at town hall on Corporate Drive. After the parade, residents will be invited to participate in a “trunk-or-treat” in the municipal parking lot.
Now, a township family that started a Halloween charity drive says that it will become part of the event, too.
The Pushie family launched the “Hunger is Scary” food drive earlier this month in an effort to collect non-perishable food items for the Center for Food Action. The idea was to have volunteers trick-or-treat for donations on Halloween.
While the family has put together a staff of volunteers to handle the traditional trick-or-treating routes in Mahwah, it will also collect donations at the revamped Halloween celebration, Sharon Pushie told Patch.
“We now have five collection sites around town,” she said. “Boxes are set up at the Mahwah Senior Center on Corporate Drive and Dunkin Donuts on MacArthur Blvd. Also, Creepy Hollow of Mahwah is supporting our cause and a collection 'coffin' is ready to take donations! We will also be collecting at Continental Soldiers Field during Mahwah Football games and practices and collection boxes will be set up at the town's "Trunk or Treat" and Parade.”
The festivities, and fundraising, are set to start at 6 p.m.