For most kids in New Jersey, Halloween was a non-event last fall given the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. And for many children, this was their second year Halloween-free, since many towns cancelled Halloween in 2011 as well due to the October snow storm.
If your kids were sad to miss one or maybe even two years of Halloween, they’ll be glad to know that local officials want to make sure the youth of Essex County get their night of costumes and fun, and May 1 has been officially designated as Halfoween. This “Halloween Redo” takes place from 5 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, May 1. Local homeowners are asked to offer candy and treats to trick-or-treaters just as they would do on the Halloween holiday that traditionally falls on October 31.
A press release from the office of County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo explained, “We want to make May 1, Halfoween, a special day for Essex County kids. We know that finding Halloween candy in May poses a challenge, and so we are asking for people to give out any kind of candy. Leftover Christmas candy, remnants from the Easter basket, or even Passover chocolate will all be received with delight by the neighborhood children. If suitable candy cannot be found, fruit is a welcome alternative.”
Halfoween was first popularized by the TV Show iCarly, when iHalfoween aired as Episode 4 during Season Six, on April 28, 2012. Since then, Halfoween has grown in prominence, especially with tweens and teens, and on college campuses as well. In the latest consumer spending reports, Halfoween ranks 116th, directly before Mother-in-Law’s Day.
All that’s left to make sure Halfoween is a wonderful community celebration for all is some cooperation from the weather, or even Halfoween might need to be rescheduled!
Let us know in the comments below, will you be celebrating Halfoween with your kids?