Halloween parade and costume contest to return

[Courtesy of Sarah Erbe]Children enjoyed the first annual pumpkin designing contest last year presented by Bay Head Life.

BAY HEAD — Halloween weekend in the borough will offer festivities for the whole family, with a pumpkin-carving contest on Saturday and a parade, costume contest and trick-or-treating on Sunday.

The second annual pumpkin carving contest is presented by Bay Head Life and is free and open to all ages. Those interested may register by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bay-head-life-2nd-annual-pumpkin-contest-registration-175078122377. All attendees are asked to wear a mask while attending the event. 

Members of the community are invited to purchase a pumpkin of any size and to design it at home any way they wish. Pumpkins may then be dropped off on Saturday at the Bay Head Fire Company, located at 81 Bridge Ave., where they will be judged. Categories include painted pumpkins and all carved jack-o’-lanterns. 


Votes will be cast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winners of the best-decorated pumpkin will be announced at 1 p.m., and they must be present to win. 

Sarah Erbe, the event coordinator, said that the pumpkin contest was created last year through Bay Head Life after the cancellation of the Halloween parade due to COVID-19. Ms. Erbe explained that it was very easy to social distance last year during the pumpkin contest.   

The Halloween parade and costume contest will return this year after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. 

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