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UPDATED: Halloween Plans Change in Kinnelon: Trunk-or-Treating Saturday

High school parking lot to be open for Halloween festivities, but officials encourage kids not to go door-to-door.

The Borough of Kinnelon has decided to host a "trunk-or-treat" event in the high school parking lot Saturday instead of having kids go door-to-door collecting treats.

"Trunk-or-treat is a Halloween event where people gather and park their cars in a large parking lot. They open their trunks, or the backs of their vehicles, and decorate them. They then pass out candy from their trunks. The event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters," according to a press release sent by the borough.

Mayor Bob Collins said the Halloween festivities were once again changed because of safety concerns. Trick-or-treating was originally postponed in the borough because of many wires, trees and poles remaining in roadways after Tropical Storm Sandy.

The event will kick off with trunk decorating at the high school parking lot beginning at 1:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a costume parade and kids will be able to visit the trunks until 4 p.m.

The borough is asking for volunteers to bring a trunk full of goodies to the event if they plan on bringing their children. Parking spots will not be pre-assigned, but cars that are parked in the lot will not be able to leave until all children have left the event.

The borough is also hopeful that residents who have traditional items they give out to trick-or-treaters participate.

"We would love to see those donuts and hot dogs from Fayson Lakes at the trunk-or-treat," the press release said.

connor November 08, 2012 at 12:05 AM
That's ridiculous kinnelon has token this way to far and should not be doing this!
Elaine November 08, 2012 at 12:25 AM
So Happy that my children will be able to have A Happy Halloween.......Finally
Elaine November 08, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Connor, what do you have agianst children having fun???
Jenn November 08, 2012 at 01:49 AM
That's great, being my children aren't trick or treat age, I can take the Halloween decorations down but where can I donate the unused candy that I just spent money on to give out to all the cute kids that won't be coming to my house? If I only knew this a couple days ago, I wouldn't have even bought it!
Dee Duram November 08, 2012 at 05:26 AM
....I am in Butler....we had no candy since we saw signs posted that there would be no Halloween due to the storm...we had my elderly parents here and I was not answering the door but that didn't stop the little "darlings" from peering in the windows and pounding on the door.....I believe that parents should teach their children that sometimes life comes with unusual circumstances and disappointment is part of life....at least for the older children....I can see having parties for the really little ones who cannot understand.....I thought the children that came to my home showed a real lack of manners....I think a lot of parents are falling down on the job.
connor November 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Elaine, I think they would have more fun trick or treating instead of walking around a parking lot.
Waldo November 08, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Dee, When kids come to the door, give something, even if it is a nickel. Most people were inconvenienced, in varying degrees, by this storm. Jenn, why don't you eat a piece every day and live a little? Life is too short to be complaining about your "inconveniences" around Halloween!
Jennn November 08, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Waldo, I am a diabetic and can't eat the candy, but thanks for the suggestion. I'm not complaining about the inconveniences, but I'm on a tight budget and every penny counts. I'm actually doing a NICE thing by asking where I can donate the candy? Seeing you eat candy everyday, why don't you tell me where I can donate it to you?
Waldo November 08, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Suggestions: 1. Don't open candy bags until the first knock-if no Halloween, return to store for credit on next shopping trip 2. The town and people are collecting things for those less fortunate around the shore areas, Staten Island, etc. 3. If you have reason to visit a hospital or nursing home, leave the candy there, people working in the health care profession deserve the option of some comfort food, more than anyone. 4. Use the candy to make friends with anyone you want! Police, fire, politicians, scouts, sports-surely you can think of something.
Jennn November 08, 2012 at 02:39 PM
THANK YOU, Waldo! Those are great suggestions!
George November 08, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Dee all you had to was turn the front lights out like normal Halloween scrooges do every year. That would have stopped the knocking on the door. Sorry I have a 4 yr old who had an absolute blast Sat night. Glad we didn't come across someone like you when we knocked on the door.
mary ramsden November 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
So does the trick or trunk mean the older kids will not be trick or treating in the evening. That's a bummer. They enjoy the evening and the excitement of the night. Too bad, but understandable.
Paul Ramirez November 08, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Jenn, See the attached story. Donate it to the Kinnelon Food Pantry. There are 28 families that use the Pantry and they need kids snacks and items that are not necessities. I'm sure the kids in these famlies would appreciate it. http://www.northjersey.com/recreation/177802831_Junior_football_players_conduct_food_drive_in_Kinnelon.html
JB November 09, 2012 at 12:30 AM
So ok, really, who is still putting on their light and handing out candy on Saturday? I have an 11 yr old and a 14 yr old - they are NOT going to walk around a parking lot in broad daylight trick or treating. I fully plan on leaving the light on and handing out candy, and if my kids decide to trick or treat with their friends, as planned, I am not stopping them.
Concerned Citizen November 09, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Shame on all of you! People lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy and all you can do is ramble on and on about kids not wanting to walk around a parking lot? There are safety issues still in play out there. Get a grip on reality and be grateful that Kinnelon is acknowledging Halloween when its long been over. Just buy your kids a bag of candy and call it a day.
MischiefNite November 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
ok find out where Concerned citizen lives, they're the first to get egged!
Elaine November 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Connor, so sorry. I thought u were implying to skip Halloween. Have fun tomorrow :) I think we will go to fayson & the parking lot
Valerie Denny November 09, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I agree they should have trick or treat on Saturday and they should walk around town I still have my decorations up and I plan to have candy to give out I think the trunk or treat is stupid

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