Halloween brought treats, not tricks, during D&R Greenway’s first-ever drive-through Masquerade Parade

Earl and Mooch of "Mutts" comic strip fame during the Masquerade Parade.

A sunny autumn day at peak foliage provided the perfect setting as 170 cars traversed preserved land to enjoy D&R Greenway’s Masquerade Parade on Halloween. 

Eager parade-goers were welcomed with a new painting by nationally renowned cartoonist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the “Mutts” comic strip, while characters Earl and Mooch greeted lucky parade-goers, according to information provided by D&R Greenway.

Ten floats held surprise after surprise on the theme “We Love LAND Because…” with hand-painted canvases, a “sailboat” with a true-to-size replica sturgeon, a forest full of wild creatures and an acrobatic presentation. A colorful French Flower Market in a 1960s-era red convertible and a musical guessing game were among the first encountered by cars decorated with spiders, black cats and ghoulish props/

The historic barn on the land trust’s St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell was the backdrop as local musicians played guitars while suffragettes waved, and a hand-carved sculptural depiction of the classic “American Gothic” painting by Farm Manager Bill Flemer amazed onlookers.

Takeaways included a newly published children’s book, seed packets and nature-themed treats in a Halloween Goodie Bag.

This unique answer to celebration in COVID-TIME provided a day-long experience of community that will be long remembered, according to the statement. Proceeds raised support D&R Greenway’s mission to preserve and care for open space and farms, and inspire a conservation ethic, now and forever.

Fyrefly and Glenmoore Farm
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund float.
Cornstalk Tunnel along the Masquerade Parade route.
Hopewell Township Police
Bill Flemer and Friends on D&R Greenway's Float.
Welcoming Happy Halloween painting by Patrick McDonnell, creator of the nationally syndicated "Mutts" cartoons.
Cat mask
"American Gothic"
Garden Club of Princeton
The entrance to the Masquerade Parade drive-through.
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