Halloween is here, well almost, and if you haven't done so already it's time to get a game plan of how you will be celebrating. Here in Bergen County and neighboring Passaic County, there are plenty of neighborhoods who go all out, and their fabulous decorations will wow trick-or-treaters both big and small.
We've compiled some fun neighborhoods and houses to visit while out trick-or-treating this Halloween. Before you hit the streets go over safety concerns with your kids, and no matter, if you are trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood or visiting another, remind your children to be respectful of homeowners decorations.
Here is your list of fun places to consider visiting while out celebrating Halloween this year.
Alpine- Home to many celebrities, Alpine, is an affluent community where residents go out all decorating their homes. Rumor has it trick-or-treaters come away with full-size candy bars and even at times small gift cards.
Hackensack- If you are looking for a street that is known for over the top Halloween decor, you will want to check out Clinton Place. Residents on this street go the extra mile when it comes to decorating for Halloween, and a simple pumpkin and black cat just won't cut it. Instead, you can expect to see something along the lines of a scary mannequin slumping over a real coffin. No matter what time of the day you visit, you will not be disappointed. For a sneak peek of what to expect, check out this video from years past.
Saddle Brook- To help get residents in the Halloween spirit the community of Saddle Brook hosts a Halloween house-decorating contest. If you want to see the first place winner for this year visit 76 Oxford Avenue. Travel down Nedellec Drive where you will see quite a few decorated homes including the second place winner at 235 Nedellec.
Ridgewood- The homeowners at 124 Sheridan Terrace have quickly turned their home into an annual Halloween destination hosting the Ridgewood Maze. Their backyard has been transformed into a large haunted maze. Plan on spending 30 minutes at least to explore the maze. If your younger ones are not up for the scare, go before dark for a kid-friendly experience.
Paramus- If you're looking for something different than going door-to-door this year consider heading to the Outlets at Bergen Town Center in Paramus for a safe trick-or-treating alternative.
Edgewater- Residents of Edgewater and Leonia are invited to the 6th Annual Trick-or-Treat trail at Veteran's Field. Arrive in costume and make your way along the trail where local businesses and organizations will be handing out candy from 6 to 8 pm.
Hawthorne- Visit 193 Lafayette Ave. in Hawthorne which has become known as Scare Central. You will not be disappointed in your visit as this family goes all out. Learn more about it here.
Clifton- You will not leave this home without being spooked at 562 Grove Street in Clifton. This over the top Halloween display is guaranteed to scare you, and you may want to consider skipping with young kids.
Ringwood- Little ones can participate in a trunk-or-treat at the Ringwood Park & Ride starting at 4 pm and ending at 5:30 pm. There will also be a costume contest with prizes awarded.