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Small-Town Charm Makes Annual Carlstadt Halloween Parade Sparkle

Jojo D'Errico, 10, has a ride for his costume in the annual Carlstadt Halloween Parade Saturday, Oct. 31.
Jojo D'Errico, 10, has a ride for his costume in the annual Carlstadt Halloween Parade Saturday, Oct. 31. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Jeremiah Hannah, 5, flashes the fangs of his Sonic the Hedgehog outfit as he awaits the start of the annual Carlstadt Halloween Parade Saturday morning, Oct. 31.
Jeremiah Hannah, 5, flashes the fangs of his Sonic the Hedgehog outfit as he awaits the start of the annual Carlstadt Halloween Parade Saturday morning, Oct. 31. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Abigail Sidorisk, 8, dressed as a weather girl.
Abigail Sidorisk, 8, dressed as a weather girl. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Jak Hubinger, 8, brings the frights.
Jak Hubinger, 8, brings the frights. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
The Carlstadt Fire Department escorts the marches.
The Carlstadt Fire Department escorts the marches. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
At the parade's end, everyone heads to the treats.
At the parade's end, everyone heads to the treats. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

CARLSTADT, N.J. — The streets of Carlstadt belonged to ghouls, princesses and superheroes Saturday morning during the borough's annual Halloween Parade.

An array of characters gathered marched from Borough Hall to the Carlstadt Public School on Washington Street, where a buffet of sugary desserts awaited.

"It's always been a big event," Councilman Bob Zimmerman told Daily Voice. "It gets everybody together in the town."

The parade has been a tradition for as long as he can remember, said Zimmerman, who's been on the countil for 15 years.

It used to include piles of hay with candy inside, which proved a bit messy, Councilman Craig Lahullier said. The key is showing children and adults alike a fun time.

"These are the things that make a small town where you want to stay," he said. "It gets people together so they know one another. It's a family town."

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