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6 Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Westfield

Jackie Lieberman

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 • 4:17pm

WESTFIELD, NJ — There will be plenty of fun for everyone in Westfield for this spooky holiday.

1. Trick or Treat Downtown: On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Downtown Westfield Corporation will host its annual Trick or Treat. Get into costume and stop in participating shops to collect your goodies. Seasoned trick-or-treaters know to arrive early in the day—in the past, some stores have run out of treats in the afternoon.

2. Candy bag full? Don’t head home yet. The Optimist Club of Westfield’s Downtown Halloween Parade begins on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m., complete with entertainment and roaming costumed characters.

Kids and guardians participating in the parade should arrive at Quimby St. by 2 p.m., rain or shine. Children in preschool and elementary school will be eligible to win prizes then in a costume contest sponsored by the Downtown Westfield Corporation.

The parade will proceed at 2:30 from Quimby St. to North Ave., then Prospect St., East Broad St., Elm Street, and back to to Quimby St.  For more about the parade, email Jeffrey Feldman at feldmanjeffreym@gmail.com

3. Enjoy a Creature Double Feature: On Friday, Oct. 25, or Saturday, Oct. 26, catch kid-friendly performances of  “The Mummy” and “The Wolfman” presented by Hedgehog and Feather Theatre Company. For more information, click here.

4. Take the kids back in time: Docents at the Miller-Cory House Museum will greet guests in costume Sunday, Oct. 27, for Hocus Pocus, a special program ideal for kids ages three to eight. Activities will include storytelling, face painting, cupcake decorating and crafts. Festive refreshments will be served. Costumes encouraged. Cost is $4 for children; accompanying adults free. Reservations are being made at 15 minute intervals—already spots at 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. are full, so call the museum at 908-232-1776 or email millercorymuseum@gmail.com by Oct. 24 to guarantee you can get in.

5. Play it Safe with The Red Cross: On Oct. 31, The American Red Cross Youth Council will host a Halloween open house for kids at its office on 321 Elm St. from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Stop in while you trick-or-treat to learn about The Red Cross, play a game, pick up some Halloween safety tips and take home a treat.

6. Get Artsy at Gallery U Boutique: Once the candy buckets are full, grow-ups can don their Halloween finery Oct. 31 and gather at Gallery U Boutique on South Avenue for a masquerade from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in honor of the opening of its new exhibition, “Something Wicked This Way Comes: Artwork Celebrating the Gothic and Beautifully Macabre.” Prizes will be awarded.

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