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Clifton Halloween Parade, Costume Contest, and Harvest Fest

October 27, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm


2020 Update from organizers: 

Unfortunately no it will not be happening for 2020. We will be doing a costume contest by sending in photos or videos of the costume and conducting a drive in Halloween movie night. We do not have any information yet as we are just starting the planning process.



The PARADE, led by the Mustang Marching Band will begin at 12:15 pm sharp and proceed down Van Houten Ave. to the City Hall Municipal Complex-900 Clifton Ave. 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 between 11:30 am – 12:00 pm 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 & 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 10th. 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. Call the Recreation Department for additional information at (973) 470-5956.


October 27, 2019
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Clifton City Hall
900 Clifton Ave
Clifton, NJ United States
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