Halloween around the corner
by Rory Pasquariello
Reporter staff writer
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Halloween is a favorite holiday for many, including Stephen Vega, 6. “It’s my favorite because I’m not allowed to be Superman on other holidays.” His sister, Christiana, 4, will be Supergirl, he said.

Trick-or-treating would not be as much fun without residents’ Hallows Eve decorations. Pumpkins, skeletons, witches, vampires, spider webs, and other spooky ornaments are going up every day as people prepare for festivities.

“It’s a never-ending parade of decorations for us,” said Dave and Brianna Pascuale, who were deciding whether to decorate a tree in their 16th Street yard with a big cotton spider web or a ghost. With lawn decoration season in full swing, they’re already thinking about the next round.

“Christmas is soon, too. We store all of our decorations in the same place, so the Christmas lights are just sitting in the living room,” said Brianna. “He always leaves the Halloween decorations up for way too long. It’s like a scary Thanksgiving.” The couple is also planning their annual fall apple-picking excursion soon. “It feels like summer just ended with this weather. I’m ready for this,” Brianna said.

Bayonne is ideal for trick-or-treating, both for its high density of one and two-family homes and community of candy-wielding zombies, which will be giving out candy on Broadway between 17th and 30th Street on Halloween night between 5 and 7 p.m. as part of the Bayonne Special Improvement District’s “Zombie Night.” The lumbering zombies will be played by students from the Bayonne High School Fine and Performing Arts program.

“I don’t like zombies,” said Stephen Vega, whose said he saw one on a Game of Thrones poster at his cousin’s house. “They’re scary. Superheroes save people. That’s better than scaring people.”

At 6 p.m. on the 31st, the Halloween Parade will begin at Broadway and 25th Street, where kids of all ages are invited to march down to 22nd Street and back. The parade will be followed by a costume contest on stage.

“It’s always exciting to see the kids show off their great Halloween costumes. It’s going to be a great day,” said Pete Amadeo, who organizes the parade and costume contest. “I dress up every year, but I usually don’t let anyone know until the day of,” he said. “But I’m going to be Batman.”

Three local artists will paint Halloween portraits on Broadway between 23rd and 24th Streets on Saturday, October 28 between noon and 3 p.m. The event, which is part of an “Art of Broadway” series sponsored by the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone and RWJ Barnabas, will feature local artists Tiffany Patrice, Genesis Tramaine, and Latin Silver. Their art pieces will be raffled off at the event.

“Friendly Frankenstein” will perform a special Halloween magic show on the second floor of the Bayonne Public Library on Friday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., presented by Beauty and the Beast Productions. Friendly Frankenstein will have a haunted castle, will juggle pumpkins, perform a balancing act and a magic trick involving a skeleton.

At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, registration will begin for a pumpkin decorating contest at 519 Broadway in front of RWJ Barnabas, which is sponsoring the event along with the Bayonne UEZ. Three winners will be chosen from each of three age groups: 3-5 years; 6-8 years; and 9-12 years. The contest begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the aforementioned events, contact the Bayonne UEZ at (201) 858-6357.

Rory Pasquariello can be reached at

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