Even though it’s not an official holiday, Halloween is much beloved by children and adults alike. What could be more fun than trick-or-treating, apple bobbing, or costume parties?
Here's what's going on around Ocean County this Halloween
Thursday Oct. 29
BARNEGAT: 6:30 p.m. Barnegat Public Library, 112 Burr St.; Choose a PG-13 movie from the Teen Librarian’s collection of scary flicks; 609-698-3331.
TOMS RIVER: 6-8 p.m. Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road; Safe Trick or Treat Night; TR orchestra will perform a 45 minute concert, followed by a safe trick or treat through the halls of the High School; bring a canned food item for the Thespian Food Drive; 732-505-5705.
Friday, October 30
BARNEGAT: 10:30 a.m. Barnegat County Library, 112 Burr St.; Halloween parade around the library; Stories, snacks and fun; Please register; 609-698-3331.
LAVALLETTE: 2-9:30 p.m. Lavallette Elementary School, 105 Brooklyn Ave.; Harvest Hoedown; 732-793-7477; www.lavallette.org.
POINT PLEASANT: 6-10 p.m. Community Park, Bridge Avenue; Haunts in the Park with cookies and apple cider; May not be suitable for young children; $2 admission; 732-892-3434.
WARETOWN: 5-8 p.m. Ocean Township Municipal Court, 50 Railroad Ave.; Trunk or Treat; 609-693-3302.
Saturday, October 31
JACKSON: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jackson Senior Center, 45 Don Connor Blvd.; Halloween Party; Open to Jackson children ages 3-grade 5; Join us for pizza, juice, dessert, performance by Yosi and costume contest; Costumes are optional but we will have a prize for best costume made by recycled materials; Children must be accompanied by an adult; Bring one clean, empty 5 oz. can to complete a Halloween recycling project; 732-928-1200.
LAKEWOOD: 1-4 p.m. Town Square, Clifton Avenue and 3rd Avenue; Halloween Fun Festival; Face and pumpkin painting, costume parade for children ages 1-12 years old, and music by Jimmy Givens; All children will receive a Trick or Treat bag with candy; Rain site is the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third St.; 732-905-3405.
LAVALLETTE: 12 p.m. Philadelphia Avenue; Halloween Costume Parade; Prizes, pumpkin decorating and refreshments; 732-793-7477.
TOMS RIVER: 7 p.m. Downtown; Parade formation and start at Toms River Shopping Centre on the corner of Route 37 and Route 166 (Main Street), traveling down Main Street turning left onto Washington Street ending at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue; Postponement date is Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m.; 732-349-0144.
MON. NOV. 2
TOMS RIVER: 1-4 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3; Rotem Dental Care, 355 Lakehurst Road; Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back Contest; $1 per pound of candy (up to 10 lbs); 732-341-8500.
To make sure treats are safe for children, follow these simple steps provided by the FDA:
- Snacking: Children shouldn’t snack on treats from their goody bags while they’re out trick-or-treating. Give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. Urge them to wait until they get home and let you inspect their loot before they eat any of it.
- Safe treats: Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.
- Food Allergies: If your child has a food allergy, check the label to ensure the allergen isn’t present. Do not allow the child to eat any home-baked goods he or she may have received.
- Choking hazards: If you have very young children, be sure to remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
- Bobbing for apples is an all-time favorite Halloween game. Here are a couple of ways to say “boo” to bacteria that can cause foodborne illness.
- Reduce the number of bacteria that might be present on apples and other raw fruits and vegetables by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
If your idea of Halloween fun is a party at home, don’t forget these tips:
- Beware of spooky cider! Unpasteurized juice or cider can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella. To stay safe, always serve pasteurized products at your parties.
- No matter how tempting, don't taste raw cookie dough or cake batter that contain uncooked eggs.
- “Scare" bacteria away by keeping all perishable foods chilled until serving time. These include finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, or seafood, and cream pies or cakes with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings.
- Bacteria will creep up on you if you let foods sit out too long. Don’t leave perishable goodies out of the fridge for more than two hours (1 hour in temperatures above 90°F).
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
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