Save the date –
LHT Trail & Treat October 22, 2023!
3:00 to 5:00 pm

(2022 photos by Alexandra Pais below)

Every year, Lawrence Hopewell Trail hosts its Trail and Treat Bike Ride, a celebration of the Halloween spirit, for families with children ages 12 and under. The ride and fun activities take place in Village Park in Lawrence Township.

The event includes face painting, Halloween games, and live music, followed by two rides on the LHT. The short 1/4-mile loop is 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. Skating, scootering and strolling participants also welcome.


How do I register?

Registration is available from this page.

Will there be on-site registration?

There will be on-site registration beginning at 2:30 p.m. However, registration is limited, so we urge participants to register in advance to guarantee participation.

How much does it cost to participate?

The fee is $10 per child over 2. There is no charge for adults or children over 12 who come to enjoy the music and festivities.

My child rides a scooter, not a bike. Is that okay?

A scooter is fine. In fact, some children will roller skate; others will walk. Still others make the ride in wagons or strollers.

My child is just learning to ride a bike. How skilled should she be to participate?

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.

What about children in carriers?

We leave it to parents to decide whether to bring children in bike carriers. The person on the bike must be an adult.

Should we decorate our bikes or strollers?

YES, we encourage bike and stroller decorating. It makes the event more festive and fun.

Must children wear Halloween costumes?

Halloween costumes are not required. What is most important is that children come and have a great time.

Will there be a prize for the best costume?

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.

Must parents accompany children?

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Will photos be available?

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/trailandtreat a few days after the event. Participants are encouraged to take photos and share them with us by sending them to info@lhtrail.org. We would welcome permission to post them on our website.

What kind of treats will be provided?

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.

Will there be refreshments for adults?

Unfortunately, not. Please bring water or other snacks as you see fit.

What is the nature of the route?

The entire route is within Village Park. It is flat and paved. No vehicle 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.

Is there a rain date?

Unfortunately, there is not a rain date. Check our website beginning at noon on October 22 for the decision about cancellation in the event of bad weather.

Will there be parking?

There is parking near the Bergen Street entrance and on Yeager Drive and Gordon Avenue.

Village Park is a big place, are there directions to the registration area?

Enter the park from the Bergen Street or Yeger Drive entrances and follow the signs to the pavilion where Trail and Treat will be held. There will be signs in the park. Link to Google Map

You say in your materials that the LHT is a free, public amenity. Why do you charge for the event?

The LHT is definitely a free amenity open to everyone. However, Trail and Treat is a special event. The fee of $10 per child helps to defray the costs of the event. Remember that the LHT is designed, built, and managed by the Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation, a nonprofit organization. Most of the work associated with creating and maintaining the trail has been, and continues to be, done by volunteers who raise the funds to make the trail a reality

How will the funds raised be used?

The funds raised from Trail and Treat will be used to offset the costs of the event. The fees do not fully cover the expenses incurred for the event.

How can I volunteer for Trail and Treat or the LHT?

There are a number of ways that fans of the trail can volunteer to help with maintenance, public relations, and a variety of other things. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at info@lhtrail.org.

Why Support The LHT?

It takes a whole community to make something this good. Thank you for your support!


Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation
The Historic Hunt House
197 Blackwell Rd.
Pennington, NJ 08534

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