WAYNE, NJ – With the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting almost every aspect of life in Wayne, it is fair to wonder if a social event like Halloween is still going to happen. Wayne Mayor Chris Vergano talked about the holiday at last week’s Town Council meeting.
“So much talk has been made about Halloween,” he said. “And what are we doing with Halloween, and who has the authority to cancel Halloween and who doesn't.”
“It's not a federal holiday,” he added.
The past few years, Wayne has held a family event in cooperation with the YMCA, called Fall Frolic and Boo Fest. This was an indoor/outdoor event with games, hayrides, music, vendors and more. The event was very popular and widely attended, so much so that it will not happen this year. “We’re not going to do it because we're afraid of so many people together at the same time,” said Vergano.
Instead, the township will be hosting a double-feature Halloween movie night on Friday, October 30. This outdoor movie event will be held at the Wayne Municipal Complex parking lot with the first movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas starting at 6:15 p.m., and the second movie Poltergeist beginning at 8:00 p.m.
“So, I encourage you to attend our Halloween movie night,” the Mayor said. “I'm sure we'll have some treats for the kids in a socially acceptable and distant way, and I'm sure you'll have fun.”
First Ward Councilman Rich Jasterzbski then asked the question on everyone’s mind: “Mayor, I'm not sure. Does that mean I'm not allowed to go trick or treating?”
“I don't have the authority to tell you whether you can, or you can't,” said Vergano. “but I would strongly suggest that parents use caution this year.”
He went on to talk about the COVID-19 numbers for Wayne, schools opening and fall sports, and he doesn’t want Wayne to take a step backward.
“To answer your question,” he then said to Jasterzbski. “It's totally up to you. I'm sure some people still will, and those that don't want to give out candy, just leave your lights off and no one will come.”
According to Wayne’s Mayor, how you celebrate Halloween is up to you, but be cautious, remain safe and don’t forget to wear a mask. But, since it’s Halloween, most people were probably going to wear masks anyway.