Come Trick or Treat on the Lawrence Hopewell Trail!
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail will host the 6th Annual Trail and Treat Bike Ride, a celebration of the Halloween spirit for families with children ages 12 and under. The ride and fun activities will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at the Bergen Street entrance of Village Park in Lawrence Township.
We have planned separate activities on and off the LHT. Activities, including face painting and Halloween crafts will begin at 3 p.m. Princeton School of Rock, a children’s band, will provide live music. Goody bags and additional treats will be provided. There will be two rides, a 1/4 mile loop geared toward younger riders 6 and under, and a 1 mile ride for the more experienced riders ages 6-12. Walkers are welcome. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged in celebration of the Halloween theme.
Parents with bicycle trailers are welcome. Parent supervision is required. State law requires children riding bicycles to wear helmets. Skating, scootering and strolling participants also welcome.
Date: Sunday, October 25, 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Bergen Street entrance of Village Park in Lawrence Township
Cost: $5.00 per child 2 and over (Children under 2 are free)
The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a nonprofit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible.
Directions to Village Park:
The park entrances are near Route 206, which is reached from Interstate 95 exit 7B (Princeton / Lawrenceville).
Bergen Street Entrance – Basketball Courts, Tot Lot, Volleyball Courts, Tennis Courts
- From 206 traveling south – Turn right at Gordon Avenue light. Travel up Gordon Avenue to first intersection (Bergen Street) and turn left. The entrance to the park is 200 yards on the right.
- From 206 traveling north – After crossing the 95 interstate, use the jug handle at the next light to turn left across 206. Follow Lawrenceville-Pennington Road to Bergen Street (fifth street on right). Entrance to the park is 1/2 mile on the left just before the water tower.
TRAIL & TREAT FAQ
Q: HOW DO I REGISTER?
A: Online registration will open in September. Please check back then.
Q: WILL THERE BE ON-SITE REGISTRATION?
A: There will be on-site registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. However, registration is limited to 350 children, so we urge participants to register in advance to guarantee participation.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
A: The fee is $5 per child over 2. There is no charge for adults or children over 12 who come to enjoy the music and festivities.
Q: MY CHILD RIDES A SCOOTER, NOT A BIKE. IS THAT OKAY?
A: A scooter is fine. In fact, some children will roller skate; others will walk. Still others make the ride in wagons or strollers.
Q: MY CHILD IS JUST LEARNING TO RIDE A BIKE. HOW SKILLED SHOULD SHE BE TO PARTICIPATE?
A: The ride is flat and easy to manage. The route for children six and under is a quarter mile. The route for those six and over is about a mile. There will be kids on tricycles and on bikes with training wheels. Your child will be safe and fine.
Q: WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN IN CARRIERS?
A: We leave it to parents to decide whether to bring children in bike carriers. The person on the bike must be an adult.
Q: SHOULD WE DECORATE OUR BIKES OR STROLLERS?
A: We encourage bike and stroller decorating. It makes the event more festive and fun.
Q: MUST CHILDREN WEAR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES?
A: Halloween costumes are not required. What is most important is that children come and have a great time.
Q: WILL THERE BE A PRIZE FOR THE BEST COSTUME?
A: There will not be a competition for best costume. The kids are so adorable whether they wear costumes or not. It would be too hard to judge.
Q: MUST PARENTS ACCOMPANY CHILDREN?
A: All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Q: WILL PHOTOS BE AVAILABLE?
A: There will be lots of photos. A photographer will be on hand. Select photos will be posted on the LHT’s website at www.lhtrail.org a few days after the event. Participants are encouraged to take photos and share them with us by sending them to email@example.com. Please share large and original sizes. We welcome permission to post them on our website. We also ask that you post on social media during the event and tag us with #LHTTrailandTreat19.
Q: WHAT KIND OF TREATS WILL BE PROVIDED?
A: There will be apples, cake pops, candy, and other goodies. While we try to avoid products with nuts, we cannot guarantee that the goodies are nut or gluten free. All food products are wrapped.
Q: WILL THERE BE REFRESHMENTS FOR ADULTS?
A: Unfortunately not. Please bring water or other snacks as you see fit.
Q: WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE ROUTE?
A: The entire route is within Village Park. It is flat and paved. No vehicular traffic is allowed in the park. The route will be supervised by adult volunteers. For children under six, the route is a quarter mile; for those over six, a mile.
Q: WE ATTENDED TRAIL AND TREAT LAST YEAR. WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS YEAR’S EVENT?
A: There will be games for children between 4 and 12 and some surprise performances. There will be a magician and balloon artist. There will be four face painters rather than two, so the lines will be much shorter. There will be crafts. Back by popular demand will be the School of Rock, a very talented group of musicians between the ages of 7 and 14. Of course, the kids will stop along the route to pick up treats to put in their jack-o-lantern bags.
Q: IS THERE A RAIN DATE?
A: Unfortunately, there is not a rain date. Check our website beginning at noon on October 25 for the decision about cancellation in the event of bad weather.