Point Pleasant enjoys safe fun on Halloween

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The first Point BOO-rough Spooky Walk took place at Community Park Oct. 27, where participants enjoyed decorated booths and trunks and received a goody bag and mini-pumpkin at the end of the path. [COURTESY OF FRANK PANNUCCI JR.]

POINT PLEASANT — From a spooky walk to pumpkin decorating and costume contests, the Halloween holiday was filled with a host of activities families were able to enjoy and take part in.

On Oct. 27, Mayor Robert Sabosik and the borough council, along with the Point Pleasant Borough Recreation Department and Community Watch, presented the first Point BOO-rough Spooky Walk at Community Park, where participants enjoyed decorated booths and trunks and received a goody bag and mini-pumpkin at the end of the path.

“The Halloween walk I thought was great. There was a lot of creativity, everybody seemed to be happy and thankful, and kids appreciated everything and loved the bags we gave out and the pumpkins council gave out,” Community Watch Resident Coordinator Mary Jane Bavais said.

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“Everybody was nice, distanced, took their time, so I think everybody felt that they were in a safe environment to be able to do an activity like this. I thought it was a very good success and we may change the way we do things in the future because it really went well so we’ll see how it goes.”

While participation was limited to a certain amount of families in light of the current coronavirus pandemic, organizers were pleased to be able to bring the event to the community as the annual Halloween parade hosted by the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce had to be cancelled due to safety concerns.

With local groups such as the Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant among those dressed as characters from Halloween lore, classic films such as “Alice in Wonderland” and other holiday staples, there was something for attendees of all ages to enjoy along the walk.

“It was a great prototypical event under the COVID-19 guidance that shows that we can have a safe social event for almost 400 families spread out and have a very enjoyable night,” Mayor Sabosik said. 

“I thought it was a wonderful night. It was unfortunate that we could only fit a finite number of families but we are working to increase the number for future events while we are still faced with this pandemic and this tremendous negativity of a second wave hitting us.

“Families need to be able to go out and have a night where they can just be normal, have fun, be safe and just enjoy what Point Pleasant Borough has to offer, so I was very impressed with it and I applaud all of the departments that helped us put the event on and we will be looking in the future to continue doing such events.”

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