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Fabulous Photos of Halloween in Lambertville, New Jersey

Lambertville Halloween Decoration

Lambertville Halloween Decoration

Lambertville and Halloween

The last thing most people think of when they think of New Jersey is a town like Lambertville, filled with restored Victorian houses, safe walkable streets, and a vibrant community that turns the town into a special wonderland for both kids and grown ups at Halloween.

Perched on the banks of the Delaware River at New Jersey's western boundary, the town started life in earliest Colonial America as the terminus of a ferry across the Delaware, much used by travelers going between New York and Philadelphia.

The Delaware and Raratan Canal, built in the early 19th century, and the railroad which came through a bit later, made Lambertville a prosperous hub of commerce and transportation. Located smack in the middle of the main route between New York and Philadelphia, with a good transportation network, Lambertville soon boasted factories and farms which supplied goods and food to the growing cities. The town worthies built lovely Victorian villas to show off their prosperity while the factory workers occupied duplexes and cottages on the side streets. The basic layout of the town, done long before the birth of the automobile, makes this a wonderfully walkable community-- perfect for Halloween trick or treat activity and engendering a close knit sense of community among residents and visitors alike. Everybody smiles and says hello.

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Though they still blow a noon whistle in Lambertville, both the factories and the railroad are long gone. The old canal towpath remains as a local recreation spot and the town has become an art and antiques center, attracting residents and week-end visitors to numerous galleries, restaurants and shops. The quaint streets and restored Victorian houses speak of another era.

So, it is no wonder, that at Halloween, residents of suburban cul-de-sacs and urban apartments bring their little ones to Lambertville, where the main streets are closed to traffic, police are on duty to monitor traffic flow, and welcoming residents wait with bags full of treats for kids of all ages. The whole town turns into one big Halloween party when the sun goes down on October 31st. It';s like a time machine back to a day of simple neighborly fun and everyone really enjoys it.

I am there every year walking around town or sitting on my front porch and passing out what seems like tons of candy. I also take pictures every year. I've delved into my Halloween collection to share the feeling of a Lambertville Halloween with you. There's a section on the best house decoration and another section showing kids of all ages doing the trick or treat thing. Hope you enjoy.


Halloween Street Scenes and House Decor

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Halloweenville Video

The Lambertville Halloween experience has become such a phenomenon that three local filmakers have done a documentary on it.The finished documentary debuted at the ACME screening Room in Lambertville-- on, you guessed it-- Halloween 2011. It all started with the video below which was taken on Halloween 2010. The festivities have only grown since then so if you are in the area on October 31st. Come on by and bring your trick or treat bag.

that's a masked me passing out candy. Photo emailed to me by my friend Carmen Ferriero. She took it and said I could use it here.

that's a masked me passing out candy. Photo emailed to me by my friend Carmen Ferriero. She took it and said I could use it here.

The Kids and Trick or Treat

While the decorations are fun, the most fun thing of all is seeing the kids,especially the little ones,enjoying the whole trick or treat experience. The whole town comes out to play. It is one big fabulous street party.

Everyone's invited, but if you come, get here early, find a place to park and plan to spend at least a couple of hours savoring the town. Ohhhhh yes there's lots to do and in addition to all the free candy being handed out, all the restaurants are open and the streets are full of revelers of all ages. And now for the pictures of the kids and costumes. Don't forget to check out the video at the end. It's a trailer for a film being made by three local film makers about the Lambertville Halloween phenomenon and it is very very cool.

Trick or Treat in Lambertville

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Comments

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on October 19, 2015:

amazing, isn't it? This town goes all out for Halloween :-)

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 19, 2015:

That Halloween cat decoration impressive.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on October 31, 2012:

Hi William good to see you, and Rusticliving, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. Lambertville is full of artists and theater types as you can see and their talents are much appreciated at Halloween. Sadly, this year, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Halloween has been postponed for three days, but we will still have trick or treat and the big celebration--just three days late because of Sandy.

Liz Rayen from California on October 29, 2012:

I loved the pictures! Being a theatre director and stager for many years.. I always like to see how others interpret their talents for decorating or staging. Thanks for sharing.. it was a lot of fun to see. Thumbs up and shares. Lisa

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on October 19, 2012:

Halloween is always fun, Robie, and it's nice to see the great photos.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 18, 2011:

and thank you, livelonger, for stopping by and making a virtual visit to Lambertville-- always nice to see you :-)

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on November 17, 2011:

These are great pics! Both you and your neighbors clearly embraced the Halloween spirit (oops, is that a pun?) and made some terrifically frightful scenes. Nice that the scared kids at least could console themselves with some candy. Thank you for sharing these pictures for those of us who couldn't see this in person!

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 17, 2011:

Ahhhh Simone,you are right-- Halloween is special, especially in Lambertville and I really get a kick out of being part of it every year. Glad you like the pix-- it just isn't posstible to take bad photos of some of those decorations:-)

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 17, 2011:

Haaaah! These photos are fantastic!!! Halloween is so much fun, and it looks to be even more special in Lambertville! What decorations! I'm jealous :D

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 15, 2011:

Thanks for your comment SonneL and I'm glad you have good memories of Halloween-- hope you will be back in the USA again one day and have a chance to experience Halloween again.

SanneL from Sweden on November 14, 2011:

Looking at those wonderful photos, I sure miss the years in United States, with the Halloween spirit and all the fun things Halloween brought!

Well, this virtual tour brought back some fond memories, and I'm glad you shared this with us, so I could enjoy the fabulous decorations in your charming hometown.

Thank you!:)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 14, 2011:

so glad you enjoyed these Halloween pictures, prasetio. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment-- much appreciated

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 13, 2011:

I love this hub and all stunning pictures. Halloween was so wonderful moment for us. When the scariest moment come to us and all us say "trick or treat". Happy Halloween, my friend. Well done and rated up!

Prasetio

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 12, 2011:

HI Jama and Steph and thanks for the kind comments. And you are both welcome to Halloween in Lambertville and the joys of my front porch anytime-- it would be great-- and Jama-- glad to see you are well caffinated now:-) I got lotsa coffee here too:-)

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on November 12, 2011:

Obviously from the typos in my previous comment, I need more caffeine. Sorry.

Stephanie Marshall from Bend, Oregon on November 12, 2011:

Love this hub with all your fabulous photos of Halloween in your hometown. I sure hope to get out to visit Lambertville sometime. Charming town that does Halloween up right!

Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on November 12, 2011:

Graet pix, robie. One of theses years I really must pack up my pointy witch's hat and spend a Halloween in Lambertville! Y'all have wayyyy too much fun there! ;D

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 12, 2011:

We do indeed, Tom and it really is fun. I look forward to it every year.

Tom rubenoff from United States on November 12, 2011:

Wow you guys really do it up! Looks like fun.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 11, 2011:

Glad you enjoyed the photos, Peggy and hope you get to Lambertville one of these days.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 11, 2011:

I really enjoyed the photos of Halloween in Lambertville, NJ. Looks like a great place to visit on all other days of the year as well.

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 11, 2011:

Thanks ST and Lynn-- glad you both enjoyed the virtual tour of Lambertville on Halloween

Lynn Hasselberger on November 11, 2011:

Those are some awesome photos. Talk about Halloween spirit! I'm inspired for 2012.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on November 11, 2011:

What a marvelous Halloween tour of a town I love...you are so lucky to live there.

Isn't the suffragette one of the most awesome of the trick or treaters?

While so many parents around the country worry about the safety of their kids on Halloween night, your community affirms what the night is supposed to be and can be.

Fabulous photos, a wonderful tour of Halloween night in a very special place. Up and awesome. :)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 11, 2011:

Lambertville really has a wonderful old fashioned quality to it-- maybe it is the architecture. Maybe it is the community. But Halloween really is special here. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Amy. Good to see you.

amy jane from Connecticut on November 11, 2011:

Such a fun photo album! Lambertville really looks like a unique little town (and a bit spooky). I enjoyed this peak into Halloween there. :)

Roberta Kyle (author) from Central New Jersey on November 11, 2011:

HI Stephanie-- so glad you stopped by and thanks for sharing your memories. I'm glad if the hub was a bit of a sentimental journey for you. I'm a latecomer to this community, but I really love it here.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 11, 2011:

Your hub about Halloween in Lambertville takes me back many years to when I was a kid in Hunterdon County and used to come to Lambertville to go skating, and of course, get the best cheesesteaks in the world at Buddy's! Great Halloween pictures - the hub was lots of fun!

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