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South Orange, Maplewood Host Halloween Celebrations October 31


by Claire Sinclair
by Claire Sinclair

South Orange and Maplewood are sticking to the calendar this year and hosting their respective Halloween celebrations on the actual day of Halloween — October 31.

Parents may not be excited by the fact that October 31 falls this year on a Monday (have fun getting those sugared-up kiddies to bed!), but, hey, it’s just one day out of the year.

The Maplewood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Maplewood Halloween Costume Contest in Maplewood Village from 3-5 p.m. If you’re new to town, get ready for big crowds. This event fills the streets of Maplewood Village like no other. The schedule is as follows:

  • 3-4:30 p.m. — Trick-or-treating at stores
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Judging of costumes
  • 4:35 p.m. — Awarding of prizes
  • 5:00 p.m. — Wrap up

South Orange Halloween

The South Orange Halloween Festival will take place in “Spooky” Spiotta Park beginning at 4 p.m. Wanda the Giant Witch will entertain kids with music, jokes and games, followed by a costume contest at 5 p.m. with gifts for all and prizes in several categories. The evening wraps up with trick-or-treating at South Orange Village Center shops. Visit for updates and details.

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