Mayor’s Column


 Voorhees Township’s Annual Halloween Festival will be on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Voorhees Town Center in the area in front of Town Hall.

All are invited to don a costume and enjoy the fun-filled event that has become a Voorhees tradition. Take an old-fashioned hayride or pick from the Voorhees Business Association’s Pumpkin Patch. Candy and refreshments will be plentiful for all in attendance.

Activities will also include a Halloween Costume Parade, pumpkin painting and decorating, balloon artists, children’s rides, a Halloween-themed magic show and face painting. The Voorhees Township Police Department and Fire Department will be on hand providing Halloween safety tips. In addition, the Voorhees Town Center will have a beer and wine garden adjacent to the festival.

The event is free and sponsored by the Voorhees Business Association, Hardenbergh Insurance Group, Republic Bank, DiMeglio Construction Company, Columbia Bank, J-Dogs Catering and Amusements, Virtua and TD Bank.

For more information, visit or call (856) 882-7469 (SHOW).

The hours for “trick or treating” on Halloween in Voorhees are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also, an 8 p.m. curfew will be in effect the evenings of Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 for those under the age of 18.

While Halloween is a time for fun for children and adults alike, the National Safety Council offers some safety tips.

  • Motorists should watch for children walking on roadways, curbs or darting
    out between parked cars. Enter and exit driveways very carefully.
  • Parents should accompany any children under the age of 12. A travel route should be established in familiar areas. Children should stop only at houses or apartments that are well-lit and should never enter a stranger’s Establish a return time.
  • Youngsters should not eat any treats until they return home and have them inspected by an adult.
  • Place a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number
    inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
  • Costumes should be fire-retardant and strips of reflective tape should be used to make children more visible. Use facial make-up instead of masks when possible. If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings with large eye holes. Carrying flashlights will help children see better and be seen more clearly.

Be safe and have fun!










**The Voorhees Town Center’s Annual Thrill Nite will be on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Come out and enjoy a Halloween movie (Hotel Transylvania) on the big screen and dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” music video. There will also be a costume contest, face painters, balloon animals and a visit from some special Halloween characters.


**The Animal Welfare Association (AWA) is hosting “Howl-o-ween Trunk or Treat” on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the AWA located at 509 Centennial Blvd. This free event is for kids and their (leashed well-behaved) dogs. There will be candy for kids and treats for dogs, including allergen free candy. “Howl-o-ween Trunk or Treat” will also include a costume contest for kids and dogs. Please RSVP if you plan on attending at For more information, visit


**Learn watercolor painting with artist Ann May Kelly at the Voorhees Arts Center & Gallery located in the Voorhees Town Center. Classes are 11a.m. to 1 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 9. The cost is $15 per class plus materials. For more information contact Marianne Leone at or call 609-315-6218.