Halloween hit early and with full force Friday with the Village Parade. The event was a rollicking celebratory scene that involved the snazzy sounds of StarFish and was peppered with star sightings like Jennifer Thieroff's inspired take on Glee's favorite coach, Sue Sylvester. Her son, Grant, wowed as a very punny EYE-pod. "Amazing! We're having a great time," shouted Thieroff over the roar of the crowd, "I even had my aunts come all the way from Bergen County—told them they couldn't miss this!"
The Jones family proved very tough to keep up with—or surpass—this year. Decked out in full-blown KISS attire, they took the prize in my book for best familial flair. Modest on top of being cool, they were quick to give props for their authentic threads to the creative talents of Crafty Katie on Springfield Avenue. And why wasn't Mom in rocker mode? "Every great rock band needs a great manager," she said with a laugh.
Saturday played host to a slew of soccer games and costumed soirees, including one where I ran into Sue Sylvester again—only this time escorted by a dashing date a la Will Schuester! More than a few Maplewoodians skipped town to make The Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, including Susan Brand who made the trek with her 12-year-old, Max. "It rocked!" reports Susan. "I've never been with so many people who had such great senses of humor and were so polite. It was honestly one of the nicest parties I've ever been to."
Max loved the abundance of imaginative and chuckle-worthy signs, like Susan's personal favorite: 'I heart opinions that are too nuanced too nuanced to fit on a poster!' Susan and Max met up at the rally with Maplewood's Leah Gomberg who was there with her three sons and her Mom.
Halloween got off to a frighteningly early start with door bells ringing as early as 1 p.m. (Ummm...What's with THAT?!) Hordes of trick-or-treaters descended on Maplewood for a very, very Happy Halloween and I had my final Sue Sylvester Thieroff sighting of the weekend—this time accompanied by her youngest, Gillian, thinking outside the box as a very inspired Cereal Killer.
Good thing the cold kicked in and night fell fast and dark because most houses on my block were out of candy and steam by 7 p.m. Plenty of time to digest all that sugar before bedtime….NOT!