Ocean County Trick or Treat Times!

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Halloween is that classic annual adventure where you transform into your favorite character, armed with your trusty candy bucket - often shaped like a pumpkin or, in my younger days, a good old pillowcase (bet you did the same!). With parents in tow or, once you hit that magic age, a posse of friends, you'd conquer every nook and cranny of the neighborhood, sometimes for what felt like endless hours.

The unspoken rule was to return home as soon as the streetlights flickered on - until that age when we were allowed to stay out a bit later, finding that balance of being old enough for the late-night candy quest without appearing overly grown-up. Ah, those were the days!

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In Ocean County, each city has its unique trick-or-treat times, adding to the excitement. It's important to note that some towns opt for the 30th for trick-or-treating, ensuring the Toms River Halloween parade remains the main Halloween celebration. The details of the 84th annual Halloween parade are confirmed for Tuesday, October 31, 2023, with a kickoff at 7 p.m. at Highland Parkway and Main Street. The parade will proceed south on Main Street before making a turn onto Washington Street.

Dive into the details of your city's spooky schedule below! (Discover more about the Toms River Halloween Parade's rich tradition after viewing the gallery.)

Ocean County Trick or Treat Times

Find the trick-or-treat times for Ocean County towns for 2023.

Gallery Credit: Sam Elliot

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From Tomsriver.org, the Toms River Halloween Parade has a rich history, originating as a modest local municipal Halloween event in 1937 and evolving into the world's second-largest Halloween parade, as acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records. Throughout its storied journey, the parade has overcome challenges that posed threats to its continuity. In its extensive history, the parade has faced termination only three times: during the Great Depression in the 1920s, after the destructive Superstorm Sandy, and due to the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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