Halloween Happenings in Lower Township

Lower Township will have a lot of Halloween happenings and frightful fun for all ages throughout the month of October.

The township’s annual Halloween Costume Parade and Costume Contest will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Historic Cold Spring Village. Ghouls and goblins of all ages are encouraged to show off their costumes either as parade participants or spectators during the event.

For those interested in participating in the parade and costume contest, the age divisions are as follows: age 2 and under, age 3 to 5, age 6 to 8, age 9 to 12, and group/ family or float. It is free to register and participate. Registration is available at the Lower Township Recreation Center beginning on Monday, Oct. 16.

During the parade, you can’t miss the 26th annual Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the Lower Township Rotary Club on Saturday, Oct. 21. The festival is held throughout the grounds of Cold Spring Village from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, the rotary club just asks that visitors look into their hearts and their cabinets and bring along a donation of non-perishable food to help support their ‘Share the Harvest’ food drive. Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the village’s lanes. Vendors will also be selling hot dogs, funnel cake and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm.

Lower Cape May Regional High School presents Haunted High School on Friday Oct. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. LCMR students have transformed hallways and classrooms in a haunted high school and will welcome costumed trick or treaters for an evening of Halloween fun.

The Lower Township Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Lower Township Healthy Youth Coalition will host Spooktacular Halloween Trunk or Treat on Sunday Oct. 29. from 5 to 8 p.m. The area around Lower Township Recreation Center will transform to a haunted space with spooky scenes, music, treats and Trunk or Treat. This event is being held in lieu of the former Lower Township Haunted Trails, which was cancelled due to construction at the Cape May County Airport complex. Lower Township’s Spooktacular Halloween event will be held at the Lower Township Recreation Center, located behind Lower Township Hall in the municipal complex, at 2600 Bayshore Rd. For more information on the event or to participate in the Trunk or Treat, call Cape Assist Coalition coordinator Steve Selby at (609) 522-5960.

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Trick-or-Treat will be held in Lower Township from 6 to 8 p.m. Make sure to turn on your porch lights if you are welcoming trick-or-treaters. Children should be accompanied door to door with a responsible adult, and consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.