MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Halloween festivities, like other holidays this year, will look very different than in years past. Some traditional local events have been canceled, while other new ways to celebrate have sprung up.
In Maplewood, the Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade has been canceled. The Chamber, still wanting to offer fun and community to residents, has put three contests in its place:
- Best Decorated House: If you like to decorate your house for Halloween, enter this contest! The Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group is the judging sponsor and will choose the houses that have gone all out. There will be a drive-by map so residents can see the creativity. Sign up by 10/28.
- Costume Contest: This is a competition to submit photos online (gifs and boomerangs, too!) of kids, adults, and even pets via a virtual photo booth. Keller Williams Mid-Town Direct Realty is the judging sponsor and will be looking for the best photos in several categories. Submit your photo here.
- Best Decorated Storefront: Maplewood businesses that decorate their storefronts can enter this contest. The Victoria Carter Group will be judging the best decorated storefronts so enter and blow away the judges with your creativity and sense of fun. Sign up by 10/28.
The Chamber of Commerce is still accepting sponsorships for the events.
Of course, if residents are trick or treating in person, dressing up should include masks, and not just the ones that came with the costume. The New Jersey State Department of Health has issued guidelines to help keep Halloween safe. The guidance for in-person trick or treating includes:
1. Outdoor Door to Door Trick or Treating
Those who plan to trick-or-treat should limit their groups to current household members, consider staying local, and limit the number of houses on their route. Social distancing should be practiced between all who are not in the same household.
For those putting out treats:
Good option: Limit interaction or contact with trick-or-treaters, wear a mask when individuals come to the door, and regularly wash hands.
Better option: Leave a treat bowl on a porch or table or in a place where it may be easily accessed while adhering to social distancing requirements.
Best option: Arrange individually packaged candy so that trick or treaters can grab and go without accessing a shared bowl.
Stay safe and enjoy. Contests and fun are also to be had in South Orange.
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