ROXBURY, NJ - You can't sugar-coat the forecast: Bad weather is predicted for Thursday, which happens to be Halloween. So Roxbury officials on Tuesday decided it would be sweet to designate Friday as "Roxbury Trick-or -Treating Day." 

"The weather for Halloween is supposed to be horrendous; heavy rain, wind, unsuitable for trick-or-treating," said Roxbury Mayor Bob DeFillippo at the Roxbury Mayor and Council meeting. "Some residents have suggested that we designate either Friday or Saturday as Trick-or-Treating Day in Roxbury. I like this idea. I think it has real merit unless the weather changes dramatically."

DeFillippo said that he checked with Roxbury Township Manager John Shepherd prior to the meeting to see if making such a proclamation was feasible and whether the township will be able to sufficiently spread word of the decision. "He said he thinks that we could actually send out a notice to people to be aware that we may move Halloween trick-or-treating so the children of Roxbury are not denied."

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Shepherd didn't have a problem with the idea, but DeFillippo still needed to check with his council colleagues to find out - as he put it - if they "had an appetite" for making the switch.

Gaels or Ghouls?

There was no opposition on the panel, although there was a bit of back and forth about whether to designate Friday or Saturday as the new night for costumed collection of candy. Councilman Dan Kline - the sole Democrat on the council - liked Saturday, but he was over-ridden by the Republicans.

The choice of Friday might not sit well with Roxbury High School varsity football players, parents and fans who had intentions of making the rounds on Halloween. That's because the Gaels' last game of the year takes place 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Morris Central High School in Chester.

Despite the council's decision, Succasunna resident Craig Heard said he's not altering his plans for Halloween. Each year, for three decades now, the Heard family has transformed its 2 Alcott Way property into an over-the-top "Halloween House" display that draws hundreds of visitors.

Heard said the display has lots of new and freaky features this year that will be on display Halloween night, rain or not.

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