I Love Halloween in Ridgewood

Many of you know I grew up in Ohio. I’m constantly asked, with an obvious tone of skepticism, how I like living in New Jersey. Jersey gets a bad rap. There are so many things that make Ridgewood special: the beautiful old home; the amazing schools and teachers; our fabulous town filled with stores and restaurants that many of us can walk to; and of course, the people: passionate, warm and generous in spirit. But there’s nothing quite like Halloween in the Wood!  The Halloween Spirit is everywhere with houses covered with witches, webs, giant spiders, tombstones, zombie and skeletons.

And then there are the extra special folks, people whose paths I cross only one night a year, who go above and beyond on to make the night unforgettable for my family. Thirty years later, I still remember a house on my parents’ block that served warm apple cider and cookies every year. We looked forward to it on those cold Halloween nights and it left a lasting impression.

My children will never forget Halloween in Ridgewood the neighbors who:
• handed out full size candybars or homemade cookies
• opened their homes for a warm reststop
• served our hungry bellies with hotdogs
• refilled my red solo cup
• warmed us up with hot cocoa
• kept us hydrated with water
• installed bubble makers on their lawns to my daughters’ delight
• created an elaborate maze that I never make my way through without help
(I still can’t believe that the Stewarts so graciously invite strangers to their backyard. We love the maze!)
• and the friendly police who kept the streets safe and handed out glow sticks.

Yes, Halloween is pretty special in this town. I’m so grateful to live here and grateful to all of you who are so incredibly generous in sprit and make it an unforgettable every year! Ridgewood Rocks!

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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