This Saturday, October 31, 2015 historic Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Broadway in Newark will give both residents and visitors to the city an opportunity to celebrate Halloween with candy, trick-or-treating, and a chance to explore some of Newark’s most hallowed history. The cemetery is the site where many of Newark’s best known residents are buried.
Names like Edison, Halsey, Clinton, Ballantine, McCarter and Ward will be brought to life as volunteers recreate memories of the most prominent citizens from Newark’s past. Here are buried Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, Attorney General of New Jersey during the Civil War and later a U. S. Senator and Secretary of State; John F. Dryden, founder of Prudential Insurance Company; Samuel A. Ward, composer of the music for America, the Beautiful; and Peter Ballantine, founder of Ballantine Brewery.
The event organizers invite visitors to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes and take guided tours – or wander alone – through the cemetery. Candy and treats will be free to all comers, and can catch a glimpse behind the façade of one of Newark’s best kept secrets.
The event will kick off at 2:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free, and members of local historic associations and groups will be on hand to share a bit of history about Mount Pleasant Cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors will have the chance to view everything from simple graves to elaborate mausoleums designed in architectural styles ranging from Romanesque and Egyptian-Revival to Baroque, Victorian and Art Deco.
The rain date for this event is November 8. This event is being sponsored by the Landmarks & Preservations Committee in cooperation with the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association; the Newark Arts Council; City of Newark and the Municipal Council; the County of Essex, Joseph D. Vicenzo, County Executive; and Newark Public Schools.
Pictured above: The tomb of New York Mayor George Opdyke, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Broadway Street, Newark, New Jersey. Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NJ,7-NEARK,37-C-1. Used via Creative Commons license.