NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Halloween will take place – pandemic or not, Mayor Al Morgan announced at the Monday, Oct. 5 council meeting. The council offered guidelines about safe trick or treating.

The trick or treating time guideline is set to be between 4-8 pm on Saturday, Oct. 31. Residents who wish to participate should set up a table at the end of their driveway and make individual candy packs for an easy pick-up. Those who do not want to participate should turn off their lights. There will be no door-to-door trick or treating this year. All participants should wear a mask.

Morgan reminded that the pumpkin carving contest is also taking place this year. Anyone who wants to participate in the contest may drop off their pumpkins on Saturday, Oct. between 5:30-6 pm. The judging of the pumpkins will take place virtually. The pumpkins will be displayed at the Centennial Park.

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Councilwoman Nadine Geoffroy said that the deadline for entry into the scarecrow competition was Oct. 3. The scarecrows will be placed along Springfield Avenue and South Street on Saturday, Oct. 10. The residents may vote for their favorite scarecrows until Nov. 1.

With regard to other news Morgan said that the borough has sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy requesting that restaurants be allowed to increase their indoor capacity to 2/3 as the cold weather is approaching and restaurants are struggling to stay afloat.

Councilman Robert Munoz announced that as of Oct. 1 this year the New Providence Police Department in cooperation with Mountain Valley Emergency Communications Center will utilize the Frontline Public Safety Solutions online portal to provide virtual access for requesting overnight parking permission on borough streets. The portal is available through the borough website or at www.frontlinepss.com/newprov.