SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – While Halloween may look a bit different this year amid the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Phil Murphy on Sept. 9 stated there are no plans at this time for the unofficial holiday to be canceled. 

On a local front, the green light means that costumes and candy, along with trick or treating and events such as the South Plainfield Public Celebration Committee's (SPPCC) Trunk or Treat can still take place. Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, Nov. 1), the event is free to both trick or treaters and those looking to decorate a trunk. 

"An event is long over-due and we are super excited about holding one that brings a little bit of normalcy, especially to local children who really need it the most," said Amy Johnson, chair of the SPPCC. 

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This year’s SPPCC-sponsored Trunk or Treat will be held at Veterans Field and, according to Johnson, all health and safety guidelines issued by the state will be followed. All participants with decorated trunks as well as attendees will be required to wear masks; traffic flow – for both vehicles in and out of the South Plainfield Senior Center parking lot and those walking through – will be one-way; and tongs will be used to hand out candy and other treats. Attendees must also bring their own trick or treat bag and anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Additionally, to minimize the total number of people in attendance at one time, the event will be organized in sessions with staggered entrance times. Admission is free but residents will be required to register for a specific time slot with each reservation good for up to six group members; a link for registration will be posted on the SPPCC's Facebook page and on the borough's website (http://southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/), as it gets closer to the event date. 

 "We are offering families a safe way to trick or treat. This will be a walk-through event and participants will be able to trick or treat from car to car and then exit so the next group can take part," said Johnson, noting that the SPPCC will be providing all the candy, including allergy-free items, and there will also be music, stilt walkers, and contests.

In order to make the event a success, trunks are needed and awards will be given for the most creative, scariest, and funniest decorated vehicle.  Those looking to register their vehicle may do so by Oct. 17 at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHjqwcI3hjjtJ67qTplei-T78nuVb_am2KGx1KmXfRuZyTxQ/viewform

"We can have up to 50 and still be socially distant with a parking space between each car. We hope residents will want to take part. The more, the merrier," Johnson said. 

For more information about the South Plainfield Public Celebration Committee's 2020 Trunk or Treat event, email sppubliccelebrations@gmail.com. You can also follow the committee on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SPLaborday.

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