Each of my kids, who attend three different schools in Montclair, came home yesterday afternoon with tales of supposed gang initiation shootings planned for Halloween night. High schoolers heard an announcement over the PA reassuring kids that the rumors were false. The scary story, spreading like wildfire among the eager trick-or-treaters, was addressed by teachers in the classroom at Hillside and Renaissance. Wednesday, Montclair Chief of Police David Sabagh denied there was any truth to the rumors, and the topic is discussed on the front page of today’s Star Ledger…Every kid (and parent) deserves to enjoy this Halloween with peace of mind; remember to follow these “Lucky 13” safety tips.
If you’re not going out on the street tonight, bring your costumed little ones out for early trick-or-treating in Bloomfield Center: from 3-7pm today, merchants will be passing out sweet treats and there are free magic shows at the MultiMediaArts Center, 562 Bloomfield Ave. The shows are at 5:30 and 6:30 pm; ages 8 and up.
Tonight families are invited to enjoy Zoolloween – an alternative to traditional trick-or-treating and a fun way to explore Turtle Back Zoo. Children can come in costume to trick-or-treat at many candy stations throughout the park. There’s music, a magic show and a not-so-scary train ride. Just show up, 3-9pm, and it’s FREE!.
Once you get done with the kids, adults might want to attend the 4TH ANNUAL NJ WITCHES’ BALL, 8PM – 12 Midnight. This Halloween Dinner and Dance Fundraiser benefits PAWS Animal Shelter Montclair. Sponsored by Mystic Spirit Metaphysical Shoppe and Everything Akasha, at Church Street Kitchen, 12 Church Street, Montclair.
A $50 ticket (tickets must be bought in advance at Mystic Spirit) gets you a sumptuous buffet, soft drinks, beer and wine (you can also BYOB), DJ, dancing, Samhain Ritual, tricky tray raffles (two free raffle tickets), and psychic readings. Costume Prizes!
Mystic Spirit Metaphysical Shoppe, 182 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair. (973) 509-7155
Still stumped for a costume? Original and unique costumes are still available at the Gas Lamp Costume Shop, 17 Herman Street, Glen Ridge. Open 12 – 5 through 11/1. Mention Baristanet for $5 off any Halloween rental of $25 or more, $10 off any Halloween rental of $50 or more, $20 off any Halloween rental of $100 or more.
Every year I look forward to sorting through my kids’ pillowcase-stuffed candy booty, and pick out the mini-heath bars. What’s your favorite Halloween sweet?