Fall Festival Guide

Little Egg Harbor Hosts Trunk or Treat, Haunted Maze

Sep 27, 2019
Photo by: supplied CHOOSE A GOURD: Younger kids get to pick a pumpkin from the make-believe pumpkin patch at the annual event.

Dan “Boone” Wegman spends at least a month preparing for the annual Little Egg Harbor Haunted Maze and Trunk or Treat at the Edward Thornton Community Center. “Boone,” as he is known to all his friends, is president of the Community Center Activities Board. Last year, Boone was able to procure a scrapped school bus from Cramer’s Junk Yard in New Gretna for the entrance to the Haunted Maze. This year, he is busy imagining a six-room haunted house maze to frighten the older kids.

The annual Haunted Maze and Trunk or Treat is on Friday, Oct. 18 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center, 319 Calabreeze Way, in the Mystic Island section. The free event is a big draw, so the Little Egg Harbor police cordon off Calabreeze Way from the community center to Twin Lakes Boulevard and use special lights to illuminate the parking lot.

Last year there were 50 automobile or truck trunks for kids to trick or treat at. This year Boone thinks he’ll have more than 60. “Participants bring their own 50 pounds of candy, and we supply them with more as they run out. Last year we gave out two tons of candy.”

And that’s not all; there will be 1,000 pounds of hot dogs given away, plus BBQ and soda.

Also this year, a special trophy made of car parts will be given to the best-decorated trunk, awarded by popular vote.

Candy, food, scary haunted maze – oh yes, a free outdoor movie will start at 8:30 p.m.

“Crunchy,” a 12-foot replica T-Rex, will be on site to mesmerize with his mechanical moves. Pony rides, plus a petting zoo, will delight the younger kids.

Rain date is Saturday, Oct. 19. Children should dress up in costume, and must be accompanied by an adult.

“I have 9 children and most of them are grown up now, but we at the Community Center love children,” said Boone.

It should be a good time for all ages.

—Pat Johnson



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