Safe Halloween Provided By Paramus Volunteer Organizations
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, November 01, 2013, 04:00 PM EDT
In 2001, Fire House Company # 2 volunteers were sitting around the firehouse after answering numerous fire calls. Although exhausted their thoughts were about their children celebrating Halloween in a disaster struck era following the World Trade Center tragedy. How to protect the kids was their prime concern. Slowly an idea started to blossom about having a place for a Safe Halloween. They needed a place where their kids and the other Paramus children could Trick or Treat safely. Bringing it to the attention of the Fire Department Secretary, Jean Payoczkowski, ignited the spark that brought about Safe Halloween at the Fire Departments. Shortly after that, the Paramus Rescue Squad joined in making it three Safe Halloween venues for Paramus children.
Jean supplied the impetus to solicit supplies from local businesses and to notify the Paramus Schools. After all, this was September and Halloween was only a short distance in the future. They collected apple cider, candy, hot chocolate, coffee, cookies, donuts, decorations and much more from businesses like Shoprite, BJ's and Party City. The Paramus business people rallied around the idea and helped it to fruition.
Of course the participating volunteer organizations didn't stop at just supplying food and candy. Some of the 'kids at heart', dressed up for the occasion and decorated the venues with scary Halloween figures and ghosts and goblins, along with suitable scary backgrounds. They succeeded so well that Safe Halloween became an institute in Paramus.
This being the 12th year, Paramus can be proud of the dedicated volunteers that help make it a Happy Halloween.