Ever since the pandemic, Trunk or Treat events have been all the rage for families.
What is a Trunk or Treat event you may ask? Well, it's basically trick or treating on steroids. Instead of going door to door all across the neighborhood, these events usually take place in a parking lot where folks come together to hand out candy from their cars.

Everyone gets in on the action by dressing up and even decorating their cars. They're a great time for kids and families to get into the Halloween spirit before the 31st even happens, they're usually confined to one spot so it makes things easier for parents to keep an eye on their kids, and they usually take place during the day, so you don't have to worry about losing track of the kiddos.

Some events could even have live entertainment and it makes it easier for kids who live in more rural areas to get in on the trick or treating action. Here's a list of Trunk or Treat events across the state. As always, please check with the event's website for up-to-date information including rain dates and other cancellations.

Mercer County Trunk or Treat events:

94.5 PST's Halloween Drive Boo Drive Thru
Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Hamilton Honda

Lawrence Township Trunk or Treat
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Lawrence High School parking lot

Middlesex County Trunk or Treat events:

Highland Park Trunk or Treat
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Highland Park Community Center parking lot

South Amboy Trunk or Treat
Date: Sunday, October 17
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Allie Clark Sports Complex

South Brunswick Trunk or Treat
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Master Peter's Academy of Martial Arts - Dayton

Spottswood Halloween Spooktacular Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Spottswood High School

Woodbridge Trunk or Treat
Date: Monday, November 1
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Siperstein's Paints

Monmouth County Trunk or Treat events:

Aberdeen Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: The Cambridge Club of Aberdeen

Belmar Halloween Parade & Trunk or Treat
Date: Friday, October 29
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Pyanoe Plaza

NJ 101.5's Halloween Drive-Boo Drive-Thru with Bill Spadea
Date: Sunday, October 24
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Brock Farms Freehold

Freehold Township Trunk or Treat
Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Michael J. Tighe Park

Howell Trunk or Treat
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Xscape Theaters Howell 14

Marlboro Trunk or Treat & Halloween Parade
Date: Sunday, October 24
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Rec Center parking lot

Neptune City Trunk or Treat
Date: Thursday, October 21
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 2050 6th Avenue

Ocean Grove Trunk or Treat

Date: Sunday, October 31
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location - Jersey Shore Art Center parking lot

Oceanport Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Oceanport Borough Hall

Wall Township Trunk or Treat
Date: Thursday, October 28
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Municipal Park

Ocean County Trunk or Treat events:

Berkeley Township Drive Thru Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Veteran's Park

Brick Township Trunk or Treat
Date: Friday, October 22
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Drum Point Sports Complex

Long Beach Island - Surf City Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 23
Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Surf City Volunteer Fire Company

Manahawkin Trunk or Treat
Date: Saturday, October 30
Time: Noon - 4:00 pm
Location: Main Street Alliance Church

Point Pleasant Trick or Trunk
Date: Tuesday, October 26
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Community Park

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Dennis Malloy. Any opinions expressed are Dennis Malloy's own.

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