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The Halloween Costume Contest is re-scheduled for Sunday, November 5th.  Event will take place at Clifton City Hall-900 Clifton Ave. Please arrive at 3:30 p.m. to register.  Judging starts promptly at 4:00 p.m.  Registration will take place by the side door of the City Hall building by lot #5. 

Enter the City Hall Municipal Complex via Colfax Ave. Only!  Van Houten Ave. will be closed for the Veterans Day Parade.   There is no parking in front of City Hall.

Costume contest is open for youth up to age 12, teens & adults, families and floats, & pets.  Every participant will receive a goody bag. 
This will be costume judging only. No parade. 

In the event of rain registration will still take place at the side entrance of City Hall, but judging will take place inside of the court room.

Event will take place rain or shine.



The PARADE, led by the Mustang Marching Band will begin at 12:45 pm sharp and proceed down Van Houten Ave. to the City Hall Municipal Complex-900 Clifton Ave. New for 2017: There is NO pre-registration or online registration for the costume contest. All individuals wishing to participate in the parade and costume contest must be at their designated corners by 12:15 p.m. to register. Participants must be registered before the parade begins to be eligible for the contest judging.  Costumes will be judged in the following categories: Ages 0 – 3, Ages 4 – 5, Ages 6 – 8, Ages 9 – 12, Floats & Families (2 – 6 people), Pets, Teens & Adults.  Participants can only be in 1 category per costume, either as an individual by age category or as a family in the family category.

Groups/organizations/mascots that would like to march in the parade should contact the Recreation Department at (973) 470-5956.  There are no awards for this category.  Groups should line up at Richardson Scale Plaza (Richardson Scale Park) & Van Houten Ave.

Meeting Locations for Costume Contest Participants are as Follows:

Ages 0-3:  Corner of Sago St. & Van Houten Ave. - Charm Cleaners

Ages 4-5:  Meet in the Edible Arrangements parking lot on Van Houten Ave.

Ages 6-8:  Corner of Sebago St. & Van Houten Ave. - Van Houten Auto Repair

Ages 9-12:  Corner of Penobscot St. & Van Houten Ave. - John D. Pogorelec Jr. Law Offices

Floats & Families:  Corner of Orono St. & Van Houten Ave. - P&A Auto Parts

Pets:  Corner of Monhegan St. & Van Houten Ave. - School #13

Teens & Adults: Corner of Machias St. & Van Houten Ave. - School #13

The HARVESTFEST will be conducted at the City Hall Municipal Complex from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  While prizes/awards for the Halloween Parade Costume Contest are being distributed, enjoy the fun festivities available for the whole family.  Test your baking skills and enter the 19th Annual Apple-Pie Baking Contest, take a journey on our hayride and make a harvest craft as you explore the many carnival booths, rides and food concessions.  Enjoy the Spooky Spectacular Science Show starting at 2:30 pm. Games and rides range in price from $.25 – $2.00.  You may pre-purchase $5.00 bags of game tokens or individual ride tokens for $1.00 each at the Recreation Department starting October 11th.  Black tokens are for games and Green tokens are for rides. There are no refunds on tokens; however, tokens do not expire and can be used the following year.  For every $5.00 bag of pre-purchased game tokens, you will receive 1 ride token.  Vendors are welcome for the festival.  Call the Recreation Department for additional information at (973) 470-5956.


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