A Blue Evening on Halloween
Amid falling leaves that have begun to decorate driveways, sidewalks, and balconies, this time of year brings the enthusiasm of new endeavors. Although current circumstances with COVID-19 make this year’s autumn and winter one to remember, what events will you find yourself enjoying during this season is the question many are contemplating. Check out below some great family fun-filled activities, and Halloween parties. In light of October festivities and COVID-19 still being a threat among the nation, it is imperative to remain mindful of the CDC’s suggestion when attending or participating in Halloween activities. The CDC suggests remaining safe and clear by avoiding trick-or-treating, especially if treats are being handed to children, trunk-or-treating where treats are handed over to children, going to indoor haunted houses, and going on hayrides or tractor rides with individuals outside of your group (1). The CDC breaks down high-moderate-low risk activities on their webpage, for more information, please visit https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/tag/halloween/ or visit the first link at the end of this blog.
Halloween at The Boro
Coronavirus will not deter Halloween this fall at the Boro. Claremont residents can find multiple activities to join throughout October. A trunk-or-treat will take place on October 31st from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Willow Road Complex. Registration is required to set up a “trunk” for those interested in participating, and registration is also required for children who wish to collect treats at $5 per child (2). Register by October 23rd before space is fully booked! To register, visit www.hillsboroughnjrecreation.org (2).
Another great event to attend during this Spooktacular month is Norz Hill Farm’s Children Halloween Party on October 29th from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is also required for this event and costs $8 per child (2). Registration includes a hayride, pumpkin from the patch, walk through the kids’ bale maze, and a treat bag. Registrations must in be by October 29th at noon (2).
Wag your way through and join in the fun at a free Howl-O-Ween dog parade on Halloween at Ann Van Middlesworth Dog Park. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. at the place of the event and this event starts at 9:00 a.m. (2). All dogs must be leashed, and humans must wear a mask at all times (2).
Join the county’s Halloween Drive-By, Scavenger Hunt, on Halloween morning! This event is free and excellent if you are looking to have your family and little ones remain indoors in the safety of your vehicle. Registration is required to receive scavenger hunt instructions by October 29th (3). This event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and kiddies are encouraged to wear their monster gear (3)! For more information and to register, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more to do prior to Halloween? Visit some perfect pumpkin patches in The Boro or neighboring towns (4). Some great pumpkin picking and fall activities locations are:
- Norz Hill Farm: The closing date is November 7th so enjoy going more than once before they close up! Aside from their large pumpkin patch, this farm offers a large corn maze, kid’s corner, farmer market, pony rides, and a scare farm. Visit norzhillfarm.com for more information and visitation regulations (5).
- Snyder’s Farm: Located in Somerset this farm is opened weekends until October 25th and is currently offering tickets for their Fall Festival at $15.00 per person. Activities include: pony hops, rubber duck race, bowling, climbing, corn cribs, and tunnels to name a few! http://snyders-farm.com/fall-festival/ (6)
- Wightman Farm: A little ways away in Morristown but well known for various mazes and different activities such as hay bale tunnel, hay bale pyramid, rock labyrinth, giant corn maze, hay bale maze, rope maze, and paver maze. This farm also has apple picking, scenic hayrides, and picnic areas. https://wightmanfarms.com/events.html (7)
- Terhune Orchards: Local in Princeton, this farm has a barnyard with many animals, hay bale maze, pony rides, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, live music, sunflower trails, and a wine orchard with red, white and fruity blends- https://www.terhuneorchards.com/festivals/ (8).
No matter how Claremont and Hillsborough residents decide to celebrate this Halloween gathering together or decorating, carving, and painting pumpkins, the moon will be shining brightly known as a rare blue moon on Halloween (9). Halloween full moons occur every 19 years, however, blue moons on Halloween occur three to four times a century (9), so find some cozy gear at the end of your day and enjoy a well-lit night sky on the evening of Halloween.
A Word to Our Residents at Claremont Towers
Get out and go vote! With election day inching closer each day, we urge residents to register to vote or be prepared for election day- Know your local voting station, last day to mail in your ballots, and if you are registered. To register, please visit: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-registration.shtml or to find out if you are already registered to vote, please check out: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration
For Claremont residents looking to get a COVID-19 test done, look no further! Near-by testing sites are offering tests at no costs and without the hassle. Three CVS stores in the area do not require a referral but do require an appointment and it is drive-through so no need to park and wait in a line indoors. For more information on other local locations to get tested, please visit Hillsborough’s COVID-19 Information webpage at: https://hillsborough.311.town/ There is a large list divided into two groups: COVID test and Anti-body testing.
In preparation for fall and before the end of daylight savings, here are some safety tips as provided by patch.com- make sure smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly, get the flu shot ahead of time, continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the CDC’s social distancing recommendations, carry hand sanitizer everywhere you can, plan to get reflective gear when taking those after dinner evening strolls with the family (pets too), and ensure any handy flashlights are stored with batteries in your home and in your vehicles (10).
Hoops 4 Hope is looking for residents that would like to donate basketballs, soccer balls, jerseys, soccer cleats, and basketball sneakers. Donations can be made at YMCA in Hillsborough and donations go to 70 different schools and help more than 10,000 children. Residents who may not have the needed items may also make a monetary donation at https://gf.me/u/ygpmr3
A Happy (and Safe) Halloween to All!
-The Team at Claremont Towers
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