Verona parents organized a trick or trunk event for kids on Monday to provide a safe environment where children could go from trunk to trunk collecting candy instead of door to door.
The event was organized by Verona resident Kara Conklin, who promoted the event last minute through Facebook and text messages.
“I am absolutely surprised by the outcome,” said Conklin. “There are trees and wires around so I didn't know how safe trick-or-treating would be.”
The event was held at the Verona Pool parking lot at 3 p.m. on Monday. Within an hour, cars filled the parking lot and were parking down Fairview Ave.
“I can't believe it all came about so quickly,” said Conklin. “I've heard of this in other towns but we have never had anything like it in Verona.”
Hurricane Sandy forced Gov. Chris Christie to postpone Halloween until Monday Nov. 5. On Oct. 31, towns throughout New Jersey were riddled with fallen trees, downed power lines and debris from Hurricane Sandy.
By Monday, most of Verona and Cedar Grove had power returned to their homes but plenty of debris remained littered throughout town causing unsafe trick-or-treating conditions.
“This started because of the storm but it turned out so great that I'm hoping to do it again next year,” said Conklin.
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