RED BANK: OUTLOOK FAVORABLE FOR EVENTS

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018red bank NJ halloween parade 2018Weather conditions appear favorable for a pair of Halloween-themed events in Red Bank, according to the National Weather Service. 

The festivities begin 7 p.m. Friday at Count Basie Fields with a Halloween Egg Hunt. Clear skies and cool temperatures are expected.

Sunday’s parade, the 72nd annual, will assemble as it did last year at Irving Place at Arthur Place starting at 1 p.m., with a kickoff an hour later. As of Friday morning, the forecast called for a 40-percent chance of rain after 3 p.m., when the activities will be winding down. 

The rain date for the parade is October 27; get alerts from the borough here or keep an eye on redbankgreen’s Facebook page. Meantime, check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: MEMORIAL DAY PARADE SET

A shot from the Red Bank Centennial parade held May 17, 2008. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

If it seems like ages since Red Bank had a parade other than its annual Halloween costumefest, well yeah. Was the last civic parade really 11 years ago, to mark the borough’s first century as an independent entity?

The Parks and Rec department hopes to end the dry spell by bringing back a lost tradition two weeks from today: the Memorial Day parade.

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE BLUSTERS ON

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018A blustery, chilly autumn afternoon provided ideal conditions for the the 71st annual Red Bank Halloween Parade Sunday.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below to see who you recognize, or sort-of…

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE PHOTOS

On a warm and sunny afternoon, a new generation of zombies, princesses, dapper fellows and even a vending machine with legs assembled for the 70th edition of the annual Red Bank Halloween Parade Sunday.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below.

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LINCROFT: A FAVORITE OCTOBER HAUNT

Creepy clowns are the in thing this for the next three weekends at the annual walk-through attraction at Brookdale.

In a world where the spectre of all-out war can out-spook any hooded goblin, it might seem that the old Halloween haunts can no longer hold a flickering candle to the horrors of the day’s headlines. If anything, the cobwebbed corridors of a walk-through “haunted house” can creak with a reassuring nostalgia, as its familiar fiends create a welcome momentary refuge from the edgy uncertainties of the real world.

As if on cue, the fearless crew of Brookdale Haunted Theater is ready to serve with the return of the annual attraction that transforms Brookdale Community College’s Performing Arts Center  into an indoor flesh-and-blood fright factory that runs for three big weekends, beginning — wait for it — Friday the 13th.

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LINCROFT: HAUNTED HOUSE CREAKS OPEN

A promo video for the Haunted Theater, which once again invades the Brookdale campus for three weekends beginning this Friday. 

hauntedtheater2015-4We’ve said it before, but while it sometimes seems that the shambling zombies and vamping bloodsuckers of a walk-thru haunted house can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world, we do take a strange comfort from the annual appearance of those hooded goblins and snooded ghouls.

So it is here on the Greater Red Bank Green, where Brookdale Haunted Theater creaks open its doors this weekend on what’s become one of the more bizarre local rituals of the calendar year.

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LINCROFT: A HAUNTED HOMECOMING AT BCC

hauntedtheater3Prepare to diorama as the staff of Brookdale Haunted Theater creaks open the doors of their live-action eeks-cursion beginning Friday night.

hauntedtheater4While it sometimes seems that the shambling zombies and vamping bloodsuckers of a walk-thru haunted house can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world, we do take strange comfort from the annual appearance of those hooded goblins and snooded ghouls.

And here on the Greater Red Bank Green, where we embrace our hometown traditions, one of the weirdest rituals of the calendar year returns this Friday, when Brookdale Haunted Theater rises once more for the first of two pre-Halloweekends of pop-up chills.

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FAIR HAVEN: A PARADE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

fh halloween 102614 2fh halloween 102614 3Fair Havenites gathered for their traditional Halloween parade from Knollwood School to the firehouse Sunday as creative costumes drew smiles every step of the way. And the make-believe wasn’t only for kids.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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SHREWSBURY: AUTUMN ON THE LINE

shrews tree 102014Even with utility lines running through its center, this maple tree on Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury radiated autumn color earlier this week – and a giant front-yard spider web added a nice Halloween touch.

After a couple of rainy days, the Green is in for a mostly sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching into the mid-60s starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: DEMS GET PRICKLY OVER BALLOONS

rb gop balloons 101914Legos with legs were among the parade participants who accepted GOP balloons from candidate Linda Schwabenbauer, below. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

schwabenbauer 101914A Menna Administration official and a Republican council candidate clashed at Sunday’s Red Bank Halloween Parade over campaign balloons.

GOP contender Linda Schwabenbauer said she believed she was exercising a First Amendment right and had borough authorization when she gave away about 200 balloons bearing her name and that of running mate Sean Di Somma to children and adults before the start of the parade.

But Parks and Recrecreation department director Memone Crystian told her to stop, threatening to call the police if she continued, she said.

Administration officials dispute the claim that they’d OK’d a balloon distribution, and contend they have the law on their side in asking Schwabenbauer to stop.

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RED BANK: FACES ON PARADE

hol-72663hol-0087Autumn delivered a gorgeous day and the marchers brought their best scary, funny and pretty faces to Sunday’s annual Red Bank Halloween Parade.

We’ve got close to 100 photos. See anyone you know? You might want to look twice, just to be sure. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: STREET SCENES ON HALLOWEEN

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rb halloween 103113 3Halloween celebrants from Defined Logic, above, Yo Mon Yogurt, right, and the Red Bank Charter School (see below) were among the characters who added random splashes of color and fake blood – to a gray Halloween in Red Bank Thursday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: FUR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLEY

Red Bank wrapped up its first monthly Dog Days series of canine confabs with a Halloween party for the hounds on Monmouth Street Tuesday night. Check out the slobbering silliness. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE HITS 66

Another perfect autumn day framed Sunday’s 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade. Photographer Peter Lindner was there to capture its wide variety of colors and cheer. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Mouse over to pause.)

GHOST TOURS ADD DEATHLY CHILL TO STROLL


Tour guide Bill Normyle tells a group about the Dublin House’s infamous Mrs. Patterson, a ghost known for locking doors to make her presence known. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Red Bank sees businesses change hands often. Ghosts don’t like change.

At least that’s what Jersey Shore Ghost Tours guide Bill Normyle says when his group stops in front of the vacant storefront on Monmouth Street most recently home to Stokaboka.

It’s also a former borough hall, and Normyle suggests it is filled with the spirits of “a lot of disgruntled people who felt they had a lot of unfinished business — politicians and taxpayers alike.”

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A FULL SLATE OF WEEKEND DIVERSIONS

Bill Normyle leads a Red Bank Ghost Tour in 2010. See below for details of the current edition.

A quick rundown of things to do this weekend…

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Heads Up for 180

October is the time for women’s awareness issues; breast cancer and domestic violence share the month. At 180 Turning Lives Around, volunteers hope to give purple its due in the midst of so much pink.

“Purple is the color that signifies the bruises and shame that come from abuse inflicted by someone that you love and trust,” said Barbara Lovell-Napoli, assistant director of development at 180. Monmouth County has the second-highest incidence of domestic violence in New Jersey, Lovell-Napoli said, and the most effective tool for prevention is awareness.

Each year, former clients put on a gallery show based on 180’s art therapy program. For 2012, it’s called “Heads Up!” and opens tonight at U Gallery. On display through October 24 a will be artwork from survivors and artists who support 180’s mission.

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SPOOKTACULAR TRADITION CONTINUES

A couple of pop stars and a walking pumpkin made cameos at the 2011 edition of the Red Bank Halloween Parade. (Click to enlarge)

By: REBECCA DESFOSSE

Get your costumes ready for Red Bank’s annual Halloween Parade, now in its sixty-fifth year. Set for this Sunday, the parade, hosted by the borough Parks and Rec department, will include costume- and float-judging, with prizes to be awarded.

Last year, the folks from the Red Bank Charter School built a barn and silo for  float. That will be hard to top.

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YOU’RE TWO WEEKS EARLY, SPIDEY

A rather large spider that anchored its web to a lamppost on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday triggered discussion among passersby about an apparent proliferation of large arachnids this season.

The web’s location, within view of the White Street intersection, would give the spider a bug’s-eye view of the 65th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade. But the parade isn’t until Sunday, October 21, spidey. (Click to enlarge)

TEE-PEED BUT GOOD

tpeed-103111 Not that we condone it, of course, but the venerable tradition of Mischief Night appears to have been honored on Rumson Place in Little Silver Sunday night. (Click to enlarge)

SCARY FUN IN RED BANK

The 64th in an annual series, Sunday’s Red Bank Halloween parade featured a barn-and-silo float from Red Bank Charter School plus a mix of reliably scary and fun costumes.

redbankgreen was there, natch. Were you? See if we got your picture!

MASKED MAN AT MONMOUTH & MAPLE

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For the Red Bank Charter School’s annual Halloween jaunt through town last Friday, phys ed and health teacher John Chestman wore a mask depicting the face of fourth-grade teacher Matt Strippoli.