SOMA’s Hallowed Halloween Traditions

Monday, Oct 25, 2010 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

For the past 15 years or so Maplewood’s Halloween Parade and Costume Contest has been a village staple. This year’s festivities will take place Friday, October 29th at 3 pm. Local kid rock band, StarFish will be the special guest.

My first taste of this tradition came two years ago when I escorted a certain “Itsy Bitsy Spider” to the festivities. While my spider friend took in all the wholesome, small-town fun, I was left wondering where was the parade? Truth be told, there is no parade in the formal sense. What you do have are costumed folk milling about admiring each other’s creativity and comparing notes on the latest trick-or-treat strategies. There’s also music and dancing and trick or treating at the various shops in town. The streets will be closed to traffic between Baker Street and Durand Road but open to revelers and mischief-makers both young and old. Judges will be roaming the crowds and appraising the costumes– prizes will be awarded in the categories of Most Original, Cutest and one they call “Happy Horror.”

Oh yeah, and my date this year? A butterfly and a very hungry little caterpillar.

 Looking for more Halloween fun?

Mermaid and Pirate Halloween Ball
Ages 2 – 6.
What: Stories in Motion will be hosting a Mermaid and Pirate Halloween Ball! Go as pirates, mermaids, princes, princesses or wear your Halloween costume. Plan on dancing, storytime, face painting and plenty to eat.
Where: Stories in Motion, 1874 Springfield Ave, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 30 from 2 pm – 3:30 pm.
Cost: $25 first child; $15 per sibling

All ages.
What: Enjoy live music, entertainment, a ‘Cruise for the Cure’ Car Show featuring cars from area car clubs including Revolution Car Club and Garden State Region Mustang Club, lots of kid’s activities, pony rides, petting zoo, old-fashioned games and so much more! Sponsored by the Springfield Avenue Partnership.
Where: Along Springfield Avenue, Indiana St to Burnett Avenue, front grounds of the Hilton Library, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Saturday, October 30 at 11 am.
Cost: Free.

Pumpkin Painting
All ages.
What: Paint pumpkins, participate in face painting and enjoy treats.
Where: Express Yourself Studios, 1912 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. 
When: Saturday, October 30 from 11 am – 3 pm.
Cost: A participation fee of $10 is asked of which $5 will benefit Susan G. Komen of North Jersey’s “Invest Your Change” initiative. A participation fee of $10 is asked of which $5 will benefit Susan G. Komen of North Jersey’s “Invest Your Change” initiative.

Halloween Parteaz
Kids ages 3 – 8. (age 3 with caregiver / 4 and over-drop-off)
What: Fun Halloween party with tons of activities: get “crazy hair”, tattoos, play spooky games, make edible creepy crawlers amd much more.
Where: Parteaz, 1860 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ. 
When: Saturday, October 30 from 1 pm – 3 pm.
Cost: $30. Space is limited. Register here today.

Spooky Spiotta Park Halloween Festival
Who: All ages.
What: Music and Halloween games followed by the annual costume contest in the park. Plus the SHU Creepy Corner, pumpkin patch, refreshments and prizes for everyone! Enjoy the fun then head downtown to trick or treat at local shops.
Where: Spiotta Park, South Orange Avenue and Village Plaza, South Orange, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 31 from 2 pm – 4 pm.
Cost: Free.

Celluloid Candy Film Series: Pit and the Pendulum & The Bride of Frankenstein
All ages.
What: Wear your scariest costume and come watch classic short horror films! Free candy will be given to the best costumes!
Where:Studio B, Burgdorff Center of the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ.
When: Sunday, October 31 at 3 pm.
Cost: $5 for adults / $3 for youth.

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