Haddyween Celebrates New Jersey Town’s Iconic Hadrosaurus Dinosaur Sculpture
Haddonfield, NJ (October 8, 2021) – For two weeks leading up to Halloween, Haddonfield is going prehistoric. Expect dinosaurs wandering the charming downtown streets, a window decorating contest at local businesses, contests, giveaways, and plenty of family fun.
Haddyween, now in its second year, is inspired by John Giannotti's Hadrosaurus foulkii sculpture “Haddy” located near Kings Highway and Chestnut Street. It’s based on an important dinosaur skeleton that was unearthed in October 1858, right in Haddonfield.
“This October marks 163 years since the Hadrosaurus skeleton was discovered here in Haddonfield,” says Bob Hochgertel, an Open South Jersey partner and owner of King’s Road Brewing Company, who helped create Haddyween. “We’re so proud of the Haddy sculpture and happy to welcome everyone into downtown Haddonfield for shopping and fun on these crisp fall days.”
The event runs October 15 through October 31, a window that includes Haddonfield’s Halloween parade on October 30 and Halloween itself.
The public is invited to vote in the window decorating contest -- voting offers the chance to win gift cards from the participating businesses.
Haddonfield’s Halloween Activities
*NEW* Special Haddyween dishes and items:
- DiBartolo's Bakery: Hadrosaurus Cookie -- Haddy shaped shortbread cookies
- Downtown Cookies: “The Haddy” -- Chocolate Cookie w/ Dino & Halloween sprinkles
- Nocella Ristorante: Green Haddy [Pesto] Pasta with Burrata
- Pizza Crime: “The Speziato” -- Chorizo and jalapeno pie w/ homemade mozz & fontina
- The Bistro: Haddysaurus Pancakes -- Pumpkin pancakes with chocolate chips
*NEW* Halloween Costume Drive: Families can bring their gently used costumes to local schools in November. They will be donated to children in need in South Jersey.
On October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, join the Haddonfield Historical Society’s Haunted Haddonfield Walking Tours.
On Saturday, October 30, join Haddonfield’s Halloween parade, organized by the Haddonfield Celebrations Association.
On October 30, from 5-7 p.m., Lindsay Watson McCarthy of Weichert Realtors at 132 Kings Highway will offer free pumpkin-shaped soft pretzels from Camden County’s own A&A Soft Pretzels and photo ops with a costumed Haddy -- McCarthy will also sell Halloween Luminarias to support Interfaith Caregivers.
Throughout October, families can participate in the Haddonfield Historical Society’s Halloween Scavenger Hunt.
At 5 p.m. on Halloween night, voting closes for the window decorating contest and two winners will be announced: the winner of the window decorating contest and the winner of the gift card drawing.
About Open South Jersey
Haddyween was launched by Open South Jersey in Fall 2020. Open South Jersey started during the pandemic as the area’s go-to source for what was open during the early days of the shutdown. It has since added Operation Hiring -- an initiative that connects job seekers with local employers to help solve the ongoing labor shortage. Learn more.