Secaucus announces Halloween festivities

Trunk-or-treat, a Halloween parade, and other events will be held despite COVID-19

In the town’s October newsletter, Mayor Michael Gonnelli reflected on the summer and laid out plans for October.

“I am proud of the way you have handled the situation and collectively did what was right,” Gonnelli said. “While most other towns canceled their summer events, our staff worked hard to continue programs and events that could be conducted safely.”

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Both summer camps and the summer concert series were held with COVID-19 guidelines.

Gonnelli continued: “I am happy to say that our summer camps gave our children a safe way to stay engaged and active. The summer concert series and movie nights were enjoyed by all and were a great way for people to get together with social distancing guidelines in place and have a good time.”

Halloween festivities

Gonnelli said that plans in October would not be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Trunk-or-treat will be held this year as well as Spooky Friday at the Woods and the Ragamuffin Parade. However, changes have been made to maintain safety amid the pandemic.

Trunk-or-Treat will take place on Halloween at Mill Creek Point Park from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Residents are invited to participate in giving out treats. Cars must be registered on the town’s website

“Due to the pandemic, we had to modify our ever-popular Spooky Friday at the Woods,” Gonnelli said. “However, I am sure that Chiller Theater at the Woods, with two movies, will be a fun evening for all.”

On Friday, Oct. 23, Halloween movies will be showbn at Schmidts Woods. Residents must preregister at

A “not-too-scary” children’s movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and a scary movie begins at 8:30 p.m.

The Ragamuffin Parade will be held on Halloween. Lineup starts at Secaucus High School Parking Lot at 12:30 p.m. The Parade starts at 1 p.m. and will go down Mill Ridge Road, ending at Mill Creek Point.

Residents must follow social distancing guidelines and wear face masks.

Gonnelli noted that construction on the Route 3 Bridge by the library has been completed.

“The NJDOT did a great job repairing it and repaving surrounding streets,” he said. “I thank all residents for their patience and understanding during the entire construction period as I know it was frustrating, at times.”

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