Residents of Claremont Towers Ready to Enjoy Nearby Halloween Activities

halloweenshotSpooky fun abounds in October for those living at Claremont Towers

It's that special time of the year where the temperature begins to fall and the leaves on the trees begin to change color. Of course, October brings more than crisp weather for people to enjoy as it's also a month to celebrate all things spooky and creepy that culminates with Halloween. The quaint township of Hillsborough, New Jersey, boasts a good number of Halloween-themed activities that belies its population of only 38,303 individuals. (1) Residents of the luxurious Claremont Towers in Hillsborough look forward to this time of year, knowing that many events and activities can be found within a short distance from the apartment complex.

Halloween is a great holiday as it allows both the young and old to join in the fun. The last decade or so has seen Halloween essentially take over the entire month of October, filling it with many activities that cater to offering chills and thrills. Fortunately for the residents of Claremont Towers, they don't have to venture far to get into the spooky fun. One source of multiple Halloween activities is the local Hillsborough library, which features events all month long. Several events are specifically designed for young children. There is the Pumpkin Patch Story Time event held on October 28th as well as the Halloween Bash on the morning of October 31st. Children can get some help in crafting Halloween masks during a workshop that is hosted on October 21st. Teens can participate in the Teen Halloween Comic Fest that occurs on October 29th. This event features free comic book giveaways, a DIY artist's station, and a horror-themed drop-in. Participants can take advantage of free art supplies, drawing guides, and other resources.(2)

The township of Hillsborough is hosting several events to help people get into the Halloween spirit. One event is the Children's Halloween Party that will be held on October 27th and takes place at the Hillsborough Municipal Building. This event features a hayride going to a pumpkin patch where children can pick their own pumpkin, and there will also be a haunted house that lasts from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. An event that has proven popular with those living at Claremont Towers is the Howl-O- Ween Dog Parade and Costume Contest. This is the second year of the event that is held at the Ann Van Middlesworth Park Dog Park. This event takes place on October 29th and features a dog parade and costume contest. (3)

The Norz Hill Farm in Hillsborough features multiple activities during the Halloween season. For those who are not looking for some scares, there is the Fall Festival at the farm that includes picking pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, a tour of the farm, and vendors selling fall crafts and food. A hallmark of the Fall Festival at the Norz Hill Farm is their corn maze, whose paths go on for over two miles. (4) Each year, a new design for the maze is chosen. The farm also boasts the Scare Farm attraction that has three distinct components: Creepy Hollow, Paranoia, and the Slay Ride. The Creepy Hollow is a walk through a haunted corn trail on the cursed grounds of the old Atrum Farm where people were killed long ago to fertilize the land. Another haunted corn trail is Paranoia, which is located on sacred burial grounds. The Slay Ride is a haunted hay ride that reveals the horrible truth of Scare Farm. Overall, the Norz Hill Farm is a popular destination for residents of Claremont Towers. Within a short commute from the township of Hillsborough can be found other Halloween attractions. Robbinsville, New Jersey, is home to the Oasis Island of Terror, which features a mile-long haunted trail that is jam- packed with terrifying sights and sounds. (5)

Also in Robbinsville is the Oasis Family Farm that hosts a number of fall-related activities, such as pumpkin picking, wagon rides, apple pie eating contests, a free maze for kids, safe trick or treating, and hay rides. Other nearby Halloween attractions include the Maze of Fear, Snyder's Farm Fall Festival, Schaefers Frightfest, and Doyle's Unami Farms Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch. Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers notes, "Halloween is a favorite time of the year for many individuals living at Claremont Towers. There are just so many fun activities and events for locals and tourists to partake of. The township of Hillsborough does a tremendous job for this macabre season, such as hosting kid-friendly events at the local library as well as the Children's Halloween Party and the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade and Contest. In fact, a number of our residents will be entering their four-legged friends this year in hopes of winning. Personally, I love seeing all the spooky Halloween decorations that go up in almost every shop and restaurant, and there are a good number of attractions within a short commute that offer seasonal entertainment to both those looking for some scares and those just looking to enjoy the fall season." (6)

As one can see, there are quite a few Halloween events and activities that can be found close to Claremont Towers apartment complex. The local library and township are hosting a number of events, and there are a quite a few family-run attractions that are located nearby that offer festivals celebrating the fall season or dish up some frightening scares.

References:

1) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_Township%2C_New_Jersey#Census_2010

2) http://somerset.evanced.info/signup/calendar?lib=1001

3) http://patch.com/new-jersey/hillsborough/hillsborough- halloween-events- kids-dogs

4) http://www.norzhillfarm.com/a-maze- ing.htm

5) http://www.newjerseyhauntedhouses.com/halloween/oasis-islandterror- nj.html

6) Quote from Cheryl Chambers of Claremont Towers