ROXBURY, NJ – That thing about changing Halloween in Roxbury from Thursday to Friday? Never mind.
Citing a change for the better in the weather forecast, Roxbury officials this morning rescinded their plan to make Friday – not Halloween – the preferred day for trick-or-treating.
“Based on the most recent forecast we have received, we are recommending that Trick-or-Treat occur as originally planned on October 31st,” said Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd in an email.
The idea to name Friday as the official Roxbury “Trick-or-Treating Day” this year was approved Tuesday by the Roxbury Mayor and Council. It was suggested by Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo who said he’d received a number of requests from residents worried that heavy rain predicted for Thursday would make Halloween a wash-out.
While the council had good intentions, the decision resulted in heavy criticism on social media. As of this morning, a blurb on the TAPinto Roxbury Facebook page about the topic had received nearly 170 comments, mostly critical of the council decision.
Shepherd, in the email, said the local reaction wasn’t all bad, and he insisted the idea to scuttle the plan had more to do with meteorology than with public blow-back.
“While we have received both positive and negative feedback from residents concerning the change in date, based on the most recent forecast, we believe it is most prudent to return to October 31st for Trick-or-Treat,” he wrote.
That will come as good news to Laura Kemmerer of 550 Main Street in Port Morris. She goes all-out each Halloween, converting her property into a spooky attraction. Last year it became the Port Morris Cemetery. This year it is the Port Morris Asylum.
“The Port Morris Asylum will be open," Kemmerer said. “Hundreds of people look forward to this every year. Most people made plans for Friday and will not be able to trick-or-treat (that night).”
Kemmerer even posted a video on YouTube:
Also looking forward to Halloween are Danny Marianne D'Amico of 23 Walker Ave. in Succasunna. They too put on a big Halloween display at their property.
"Marianne and I enjoy decorating our home for all to enjoy," D'Amico said. "Seeing the smiles on the faces make it all worthwhile. We're looking forward to celebrating Halloween this year with all the kiddies. It will be a fun and spooky night as we will be walking around all dressed up and may scare you a bit."
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