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North Bergen’s annual Trunk or Treat set for October 29

Other Halloween festivities are going on now in the township

North Bergen children enjoy the township's Trunk or Treat in 2020.

North Bergen has announced its planned festivities for Halloween.

The township’s annual Trunk or Treat event will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 29 outside the Recreation Center at 6300 Meadowview Avenue.

Residents will be decorating their cars with a Halloween theme and distributing candy to children. Only people interested in decorating their car need to sign up in advance by emailing afocaraccio@northbergen.org or calling 201-392-0229.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their best costumes to trick-or-treat in a secure location. There is no need to register kids to participate, just show up on the day of the event with proof of residency.

The North Bergen Police Department’s Community Police Unit will also sponsor a pumpkin patch so kids can pick their own pumpkin to take home. This event is sponsored by Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners, the North Bergen Police Department, and NB C.A.R.E.S. The rain date is Sunday, October 30.

Halloween costume giveaway and haunted history lecture

In addition, North Bergen children are invited to the township’s eighth annual Halloween Costume Giveaway on Thursday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Bergen Recreation Center. Limited quantities of costumes are available for sizes 6 months to 16 years. Proof of residency is required.

The North Bergen Free Public Library also invites everyone for a lecture on “The Haunting Histories and Legends of North Bergen,” an intriguing exploration into the township’s dark past. Residents can learn about North Bergen’s shadowy past filled with tragic deaths, mysteries, graveyard ghosts, grisly murders, poltergeists, hidden treasure, and more with historian Michael Maring.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the main library. The North Bergen Free Public Library is located at 8411 Bergenline Ave.

Earlier in the month, the library held an event entitled “Jack The Ripper: The Mystery Of Mysteries” about one of the most infamous serial murder cases in history. Residents had the opportunity to learn about the gruesome details with with Dr. Mark Vogel, a clinical psychologist who has studied the case.

Other spooky opportunities in North Bergen

Also for Halloween, the Free Movie of the Month on was “The Addams Family 2” on October 15 at the library. For more information about library events, call 201-869-4715 or visit nbpl.org.

On top of all that, North Bergen’s annual Halloween Home Decoration Contest is underway and the deadline is fast approaching. The last day to enter is Friday, October 21 by midnight.

For a chance to win, residents can dress up their home with Halloween decorations and send photos, their address, and their phone number to CommunityAffairs@NorthBergen.org or call 201-392-2157.

The prize for first place is $100, second place is $75, and third place is $50. Winners will be announced at the Trunk or Treat on October 29. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

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