Leonia businesses host trick-or-treat event for children on Broad Avenue

A pandemic and chilly weather didn't stop children in Bergen County from trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Hundreds of ghouls, goblins, Disney characters and more came out to Broad Avenue in Leonia to take part in the festivities.
Businesses in the area set up cars and tables with packed bags of treats for Halloween.
The event, hosted by the Leonia Recreation Department, is annually an indoor event. This year it took place outside as town leaders try their best to have children maintain a sense of normalcy during the pandemic.
"Certainly has exceeded our expectations in terms of the people," says Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler. "We've had great participation. Our goal was to create an event that was safe from a COVID perspective. To give us the opportunity to get our costumes and get candy in a socially distant, safe way. To try to avoid the need to trick-or-treat the rest of the day."
The event wrapped up at 12 p.m.
Other events are taking place for Halloween across the Garden State, including the first annual trunk-or-treat event at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.