TOMS RIVER – Like zombies in a horror movie, the Halloween Parade might seem to be far away, but it is creeping closer and will be here before you know it.
The parade will be held on October 31. This means that a lot of neighboring towns will be holding their Trick or Treat nights on October 30.
The parade is run by Toms River Fire Co. No. 1, but they don’t control the Trick or Treat night for your town. They just ask that the towns don’t double book these two activities on the same day so that everyone can enjoy them both, Halloween Parade Chairman Captain Carl Weingroff said.
Registration to march, drive, or shuffle menacingly in the parade is from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the day of the parade only. Registration is at the firehouse, 26 Robbins Street in downtown Toms River.
There will be 10 walking divisions and 14 motorized divisions for awards, including new ones for this year.
The fire company notes that there will be no walkers around motorized vehicles. Also, nothing will be thrown off motorized vehicles.
People are welcome to mark their seats with chairs along the parade route on that day only. However, they are being asked to secure them so they are not a traffic hazard.
If you can’t make it to the parade, it will be broadcast live at facebook.com/trfchalloweenparade or facebook.com/TomsRiverFireCo1 and downtheshoreradio.com. It will be broadcast afterward on the school district’s YouTube channel.