A good time was had by all last Saturday, October 28th at Ewing’s annual Halloween celebration featuring the popular ‘Trunk-or-Treat’, the Ewing Green Team’s award-winning 4th Annual Scarecrow Contest, pumpkin painting, and build-your-own scarecrow crafting with refreshments and music.

The sun was shining and it was unusually warm for a late October day.  It was a glorious day for trick or treating.  Hundreds of Township kids arrived at the Ewing Senior and Community Center costumed in their scariest, spookiest, most entertaining and colorful Halloween duds for the Recreation Department’s annual Trunk or Treat event.  About 30 individuals and groups opened their trunks to display their creative talents to the treaters.  From Jurassic Park, to pirates, to graveyards, the themed trunks brought smiles to the faces of the adults and treaters alike.  Once through the candy-collecting parade, it was on to Halloween crafts of pumpkin-painting and scarecrow building led by the Ewing Green Team with assistance from Ewing High School student volunteers.

With music playing and goodies in hand, it was also time to check-out the Scarecrows being judged for cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25.00. These had to be made of 80% recycled materials in order to qualify.  Event goers ambled down the Alley of Scarecrows in front of the ESCC to admire the skills and creativity of the 25 participants who submitted entries in this year’s contest.  There were football players, soccer goalies, brownies, witches and more composed of used plastic jugs, soda cans, paper towel rolls, old clothes and curbside castoffs to fasten innovative masterpieces.

Judging for the Scarecrow Contest was graciously done by local officials and artists. They were: Councilwomen Jennifer Keyes-Maloney and Sarah Steward, member of the Ewing Arts Commission – Jennifer Winn, and local artists Joy Kreves and Robin Keyes.

Emceeing the event were Ewing’s Town Councilwomen Sarah Steward and Jennifer Keyes-Maloney.  And the winners were:

1st prize: Samantha and Cora Dupee for their creation ‘Mary, Mary Quite Contrary.’ This unique entry was constructed from a curbside castoff garden umbrella, garden tools and plant materials.

2nd Prize: Ella Lloyd for ‘Amanda-Pan-da,’ which was created using metal pans and other recyclables.

3rd Prize: Charlotte Kaplan-Piepszak and Caleb Kaplan-Phillips for ‘Rubbish Rosie.’  Rosie was a singular entry dressed in a pleated skirt fashioned from the paper wrapping from toilet paper rolls.

Contestant Billyann Stark received an honorable mention prize for her entry of ‘Granny and Elly May’ on a bicycle with a live chicken.

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As the event drew to a close, lots of people were still hanging out painting the last couple of pumpkins, finishing scarecrows to take home and admiring the scarecrows on display – sure signs of a successful event!  For more photos from the day go to the Ewing Green Team Facebook page.