Halloween in Hoboken will look different this year as families may choose not to trick or treat as is tradition due to the pandemic.
To help celebrate while staying safe, Hoboken-based creative agency Branding Shorts announced its latest production, “A Mile
Scare Halloween,” a kid-friendly virtual show that will be broadcast live on Facebook/Hoboken
on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7 p.m.
“A Mile Scare Halloween” aims to provide kids of all ages with 30 minutes of entertainment in celebration of the holiday.
“With the gap this year in the usual Halloween traditions, we wanted to do something special for our kid, and for all the kids in Hoboken,” said Micki Pagano-Parente, cofounder and creative director at Branding Shorts.
“It is our pleasure to donate our time to produce this fun virtual event for the families of Hoboken,” said Tony Parente, cofounder and producer at Branding Shorts.
The virtual event features some of Hoboken’s favorite artists like Polka Dot, Fuzzy Lemons, Jeremy Beck and Rebecca Pitcher (of Phantom of the Opera) as well as School of Rock and recent Steven’s grad Mihir and friends, who perform Halloween hits like Monster Mash, Addam’s Family, Ghostbusters, Werewolves of London and Somebody’s Watching Me.
The music videos include cameos from kids all over Hoboken.
Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre will present a short segment “Hoboken Hauntings” which includes entertaining – but true – ghost stories from some of the city’s favorite haunts.
“It’s wonderful to see Branding Shorts take it upon themselves to produce a virtual Halloween Celebration for the Mile Square City. We’ve had the pleasure to work with them on many projects, and we’re happy to be part of A Mile Scare Halloween,” said Chris O’Conner, artistic director of Mile Square Theatre.
Hoboken canceled it’s Ragamuffin Parade this year due to the pandemic, and Mayor Ravi Bhalla has asked families to limit interactions and consider alternatives to trick or treating.
For those families choosing to trick-or-treat with their children, the Hoboken Health Department recommends the following precautions:
- Wear a face mask, which can be incorporated into a costume or outfit
- Trick-or-treat with family members or household contacts only
- Trick-or-treat only in your local block or neighborhood – please avoid areas there that traditionally get crowded during Halloween if you do not live there
- Wait for others to complete gathering candy at a door or stoop before asking for candy, to maintain appropriate social distancing
- Coordinate with members of your block or building to host trick-or-treating during off-peak hours for children on the block, such as early in the morning on Saturday.
Children up to age 12, along with families can also participate in a virtual costume contest run by Hoboken’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information and to enter, visit www.hobokennj.gov/halloween.