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Hasbrouck Heights Boulevard Decorated For Fall Stroll Tonight

Jack Rosza paints a vampire. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi
Claudia DeGennaro literally got into the paint with a smudge on her forehead. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi
Euclid School Fifth Grader Anastasia Cerda paints a character from the Nightmare Before Christmas. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi
Painting a night sky with red eyes, a cemetery and bats is Abigail Hernandez. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi
Sophie D'Innocenzi has participated in the contest from third to fifth grade. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi
Samantha Lahullier and Sara Odeh are both in fifth grade. Photo Credit: Alexis Tarrazi

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — Elementary school students painted the town — literally — on Wednesday as part of the annual Halloween Window Contest, just in time for the Fall Boulevard Stroll.

The stroll, presented by the Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Hasbrouck Heights Library, will fill the Boulevard from the circle to Route 46 with free, family-friendly activities on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The window contest, sponsored by Bill O’Shea’s Florist & Gifts, involves Hasbrouck Heights students in third through fifth grades.

Budding artists paint the storefront windows lining the Boulevard, which are judged by students at Hasbrouck Heights High School and prizes. Prizes are awarded for the best windows.

“This is a great opportunity for them to be creative and get them outside,” said Jeanette DeGennaro, as her fifth grade daughter, Claudia, and her friend Sophie D’Innocenzi were painting.

“We can pick what we want to paint, it just has to be Halloween-themed. I had a million sketches before I chose this one,” said D’Innocenzi, who was painting a pumpkin with a bear sticking out of it. This is her third year participating in the contest.

Businesses enjoy the attention as well.

"Last year I had a second and first place winner on my store,” said Hamid Tossi, owner of H&L Printing.

The annual Fall Boulevard Stroll on is free. Activities and events include:

  • live entertainment provided by Chip Dee Academy of Music
  • a classic car show in the parking lot of the Hasbrouck Heights Animal Hospital
  • a scavenger hunt sponsored by the Jr. Friends of the Library
  • movies in the Senior Center sponsored by the Friends of the Library
  • photos / videos of kids taken with Elmo (sponsored by Envision Video)
  • selfies with Pope Francis sponsored by The Religious Shoppe
  • Martial Arts demonstrations sponsored by XCEL Tae Kwon Do;
  • dining specials provided by many restaurants.


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