Montville kids will have a chance to treat more than trick this weekend as the township is planning to host a safe trick-or-treating event that will include a donation drive for those who remain without power.
The "Scare, Share and Care" event will be held Saturday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Montville Township High School parking lot.
For the "scare" part of the event, kids will be able to dress in costume and "trick-or-trunk," or visit parked cars filled with candy, in the parking lot of the high school. The township decided this would be safer than children traveling door-to-door, as many trees and wires remained down from Tropical Storm Sandy. Children will need supervision, however, as the Montville Township Recreation Department has advised that it will not be a drop-off event.
The "share" concept asks residents to bring one non-perishable food item to donate. The Recreation Department has asked each resident to donate just one of the following: a new package of socks, hat, mittens or gloves, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned soup, stew, pasta (boxed or canned), sauce or a small first aid kit.
As for the "care," Recreation Department Director Maryann Witty said in a press release the event's theme is to show how much of that exists in the township.
"This is our effort to show we care about our and neighboring communities," the release said.
Anyone interested in providing a "trunk" full of treats for the event should contact Witty at 973-331-3344 no later than Thursday. Witty can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org