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'Safety Is No. 1 Priority' At Hasbrouck Heights' 'Halloween In The Park'

Matthew, Nina, Samantha, Joe and Jacqueline wait for a ride on the haunted hayride at Hasbrouck Heights 2015 Halloween in the Park.
Matthew, Nina, Samantha, Joe and Jacqueline wait for a ride on the haunted hayride at Hasbrouck Heights 2015 Halloween in the Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Castellano
Parents and children waiting for the haunted hayride to begin.
Parents and children waiting for the haunted hayride to begin. Photo Credit: Rob Brady/Hasbrouck Heights Recreation Deparment
Brave boys prepare for the haunted hayride.
Brave boys prepare for the haunted hayride. Photo Credit: Madlyn Amendola
Even big kids get into the fun at Halloween in the Park.
Even big kids get into the fun at Halloween in the Park. Photo Credit: Rob Brady/Hasbrouck Heights Recreation Deparment

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- In light of the recent news stories of scary clowns, Robert Brady has a message for the parents of Hasbrouck Heights: “Safety is always our number one priority.”

Brady is the director of recreation and organizer of Hasbrouck Heights' annual ‘Halloween in the Park’ which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, with a rain date of Wednesday, Oct. 19. The event, which started in the 1990s, draws 600 kids with its cider and donuts and haunted hayride. This year there will also be face painters and costumed characters.

“It’s a great townwide event,” said Brady. He noted that the DPW helps set up, Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department provides lighting, and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department patrols the park and streets.

He said all the scares are age appropriate. The early hayrides, which start at 6.15 p.m., are geared toward younger children. Older kids usually go later in the evening and feature more a dramatic experience.

Looking ahead to mischief night and Halloween, Police Chief Michael Colaneri, Sr., has a message for town teens: “We have a zero tolerance policy.”

He was referring to any type of mischief activities such as, egging, shaving cream and toilet papering throughout the town. He noted that since Superstorm Sandy, mischief night isn’t as popular, but the town still enforces a 9 p.m. curfew that evening.

Colaneri also pointed to several family-friendly events throughout town. Bible Baptist Church will host third annual Community Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct, 29, from 12 to 4 p.m. Admission is a non-perishable food item for the Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry.

The Mayor’s Committee of Community Celebrations sponsors the Ragamuffin Parade and Munchkin Mash on Oct. 29, starting at 1 p.m. at police headquarters. The parade heads down the Boulevard and ends at the Senior Center with a DJ dance party and refreshments.

The Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman’s Club will host Safe Night Out, Trunk or Treat 2016 on Sunday, Oct. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hasbrouck Heights Swim Club. Tickets are $6 and available through the Juniors website. Parents can also enter their car to hand out treats. Fun activities will include a silly string war, a spooky tent and light refreshments.

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