LAKEHURST – Some fall fun is coming up around the borough with three family friendly events in October.
The first event will be a Fall Festival that the Proving Ground Church will hold on October 17. This event will begin at 1 p.m. at the church parking lot at 1 Proving Ground Road.
Activities include trunk or treating, a scavenger hunt, awards for best decorated trunk, music and much more. Check out the church’s website at provinggroundchurch.com for further details.
The second event will be hosted by the Lakehurst Borough and marks the return of the annual Halloween Parade featuring categories for judging including funniest, scariest, prettiest and best group. Line-up begins at 10:45 a.m. at Union Avenue across from Borough Hall.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and participants will march to Lake Horicon where the judging of costumes will be done. Refreshments will be served. For further information call Borough Hall at 732-657-4141.
Councilman Brian Dimeo said that this year’s parade was nearly scheduled for the same day as the Proving Ground Church’s Fall Festival which would have allowed children and parents to enjoy both events as they were scheduled for different times. “We saw that it (the parade) was already on the borough calendar for October 24.”
The parade has been running for over 20 years. The judges are usually made up of the mayor and members of council. This year’s judges may be Mayor Robbins, Councilwoman Patricia Hodges and Councilman Robert McCarthy.
Prizes are 1st place $20, 2nd place $15 and 3rd place $10. The borough usually holds a Halloween home decorating contest as well.
October 31 is Halloween and that means trick or treating which is still on and since it falls on a Saturday this year it will run from 3 to 9 p.m.
“Trick or treating will be held on Halloween,” Mayor Harry Robbins said noting that some communities were urging the tradition to not be held this year due to the pandemic.
Borough officials said in relation to any COVID-19 pandemic concerns and guidelines, trick or treating is meant to be a fun time for all and if you wish to participate in handing out candy have your front porch lights on and if you do not want to participate then keep your lights off.
Some ways to keep safe while handing out candy include not letting each child grab from the bowl. You may wish to place candy into their bag or have a candy chute to send the candy into their open bag with PVC pipe or a cardboard tube.
Last but not least, remember to social distance and wear your mask when social distancing isn’t possible.