Posted by: Debbie Abrams Kaplan | November 1, 2010


Wow – the past two days most of the hits to my blog were from search engines, people searching for “what time is trick or treating in NJ.”

For the record, our first trick-or-treater came at 2:30 p.m. So those of you who guessed 4:15 and 5:15 on the last Halloween blog post, either didn’t read it very carefully or didn’t believe that trick-or-treating starts REALLY early in New Jersey. We took a Kaplan family poll at lunch, and the times ranged from 2-3:30. Not that you care, but I WON! My guess was 2:30, and the first toddler came right on the dot. Followed by some middle schoolers a few minutes later. Then a lull til 3:00.

The last trick-or-treaters came at 7:30 – which was shocking based on what we heard from others. Apparently the only kids who come after dark are the “bad kids.” Though these kids seemed very nice. And they loved the Playdough we gave out.

Some more New Jersey Halloween traditions:

Getting “haunted” – read what this means!

Mischief Night – where the kids toilet paper houses and cause general damage on October 30th. We moved our cars way back in the driveway just in case someone had an extra case of eggs. Kind of sad, I know. We got Silly Stringed – on our tree (and some fell off onto the lawn). Our neighbor across the street did get some TP in the high trees.

Silly String mischief

House decorating – this is not unique to New Jersey, of course, but this is a great house.

Some other decorations:

I carved this one for Zachary

Dori carved this ghost and “boo” pumpkin

this reminds me of the Haunted Mansion


  1. Aaron and his friends were stopped by the police last year on mischief night. They put their rolls of toilet paper in the trunk of the police car, which was FULL of confiscated TP! We realized that this is the police department’s way of stocking their stations for the year. Glad we could help, I guess.

    By the way, our only trick-or-treaters came at 5:45. The 3 kids from next door. One doorbell, 3 kids, and mysteriously, our big bowl of candy is almost empty!

    • Donna – that’s hilarious about restocking the TP! I guess it’s off to the gym today to work off the candy?

  2. I remember our one and only Halloween living in our house in Fanwood. It was a Saturday. At 10:30 in the morning, a very young couple with a very young child (18-20 months) rang our door to trick or treat! That had to be the earliest trick or treaters on record, and you know that baby was too young to eat candy.

    Nice bat pumpkin!

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