HACKETTSTOWN, N.J., Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Halloween is an annual invitation for kids to go door-to-door on a sweet and spooky adventure; but for some communities, Halloween isn't a moment of celebration but a missed opportunity to have a scary good time. M&M'S® believes every community deserves the opportunity to safely celebrate Halloween the way it's intended: where every block and every knock on every door is a portal into a new and surprising, candy-filled world.
To help celebrate Newark, New Jersey's 350th anniversary and cap off M&M'S 75th anniversary, the brand is bringing its trademark colorful personality back to Newark, the birthplace of America's favorite chocolate candies – and, in partnership with the City of Newark, will transform one lucky neighborhood into a family-friendly Halloween wonderland.
"When M&M'S celebrated Halloween with the Newark community last year, it was amazing to see the joy as we handed everyone their own costume," said Tanya Berman. "This year, we're taking it a step further by establishing M&M'S Street to give families an opportunity to dress up in their new costume and have a safe trick or treating experience."
Celebrating Halloween on M&M'S Street
To help the families of Newark have a colorful and safe Halloween, M&M'S is turning Howard and Morton Street into a haunted promenade – dubbed M&M'S Street. Bringing in music, activities and family-friendly entertainment and by giving members of the surrounding community decor and candy, the community-based event will satisfy thousands of little costume-clad monsters.
Newark residents are invited to join in the Halloween fun on Thursday, October 27 to explore the spooky streets and to trick or treat. Beginning at 3 P.M. at the John F. Kennedy Recreation Center located at 211 West Kinney Street, children ages 12 and under, accompanied by their parents, are welcome to select a free costume and accessorize it with a fun prop and face painting. Then, the community can head out to M&M'S Street for more spooktacular activities and, of course, open-air trick or treating where they'll receive Mars fan-favorites like M&M'S Crispy. The event will conclude at 8 P.M.
Engaging the Newark Community
M&M'S is partnering with The United Way of Essex County for the second year in a row to help make M&M'S Street a success. To help support Newark beyond Halloween, M&M'S is donating $10,000 to the United Way of Essex County to support community-based programs throughout the year.
"We are excited and pleased to work with M&M'S again this year to bring Newark families and youth a fun Halloween celebration," said Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. "Our goal is to create a safe and colorful experience for our young people and we look forward to giving them a Halloween to remember."
How to Enjoy M&M'S Street
M&M'S Street is a family-friendly event open to community members who are 18 and younger. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive a costume and candy. The activities, costumes and candy are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Costumes are available in a variety of sizes for children ages 12 and under.
For more information on the M&M'S Halloween event, Newark residents should stay tuned to the brand's Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/mms) and follow the conversation on Twitter (@mmschocolate) using the hashtag #CelebrateWithM. If you are unable to make it to Newark, but would still like to be part of the Halloween fun, share a photo of how you celebrate Halloween using #CelebrateWithM.
About Mars, Incorporated
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