FLEMINGTON, NJ - Despite a rise in COVID cases this month, Flemington Borough will host Halloween with expanded hours to help trick-or-treaters socially distance to stay safe.

Trick or treating hours will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, but the annual parade has been cancelled, said Brian McNally, Flemington’s Office of Emergency Management coordinator.

“We're hoping with no parade this will give everyone the chance to spread their time out," he said.

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The number of COVID cases in the borough has escalated from 88 case on Oct. 2 to 96 cases as of Tuesday. The number of deaths remains at three.

"We're seeing hospitalization beginning to rise," said McNally.

Residents who will be giving out candy are asked to stop at the police station to pick up a yard sign to identify themselves to trick or treaters.

The borough is also looking for candy sponsors to assist residents who want to give out candy, but may not be able to afford it.

Council president Caitlin Giles-McCormick said Flemington Community Partnership has volunteered to be a candy sponsor.

The county has announced it will be expanding COVID-19 testing, in conjunction with the Hunterdon Medical Group, making it available to a broader group of people who have frequent contact with the public, particularly first responders. Tests no longer require a physician’s prescription, although residents seeking a test must schedule an appointment by calling 908-237-4230 or emailing HMGDOTTesting@hhsnj.org.