HASBROUCK HEIGHTS/WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Local parents want to know whether their towns will allow the annual tradition of trick or treating during Halloween, which falls on a Saturday this year, during the ongoing pandemic.
Governor Phil Murphy announced that Halloween is still on in the state of New Jersey during this press conference on Monday, October 5. He encouraged those going door-to-door to wear a mask, not the costume type, and follow CDC issued guidelines.
Halloween will continue in Wood-Ridge this month. According to Borough Clerk Gina Affuso, trick-or-treating in the borough will go on, although the annual Raggamuffin Parade has been canceled.
In Hasbrouck Heights, the annual Halloween in the Park was canceled by borough officials.
When asked about Halloween, Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Jack DeLorenzo stated that the town was still assessing what it would be doing.
“The guidelines we are getting keep changing, it seems like every day,“ DeLorenzo stated during Tuesday night's Mayor and Council meeting. “I know it is getting late, but we don’t really have a firm answer as to what we will be doing.”
“There is so much back and forth about this subject between the CDC and the State, we are working to make the best determination possible, ‘ said Borough Clerk Laurie Varga. “It seems as though each time we come up with some sort of plan something changes.”
Other towns in New Jersey has canceled door-to-door visits this year. Glen Ridge, Plainfield, and Bound Brook have canceled going door-to-door. Hoboken, Linden, and Fanwood are among towns that have canceled annual events like parades but are offering alternate activities.
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