TOMS RIVER, NJ — While many people have been plotting and preparing since early September for the 82nd Toms River Halloween parade, there’s still time to come up with a plan to participate.
The return of the parade after a year off because of the coronavirus pandemic was announced in early September. It has been heralded as the second-largest Halloween parade in the world, with thousands of participants and spectators filling downtown Toms River every year. Before last year, the parade, which started in 1919, was canceled only three other times: in 2012, because of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed Ocean County just two days before Halloween; during the Great Depression due to lack of funds, and again during World War II due to labor shortage and blackout rules.
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