Mayor John G. Ducey and the Township Council are encouraging residents who would like to participate in trick-or-treating this Halloween to leave their porch or outdoor lights on.
“This year’s Halloween is going to be different than any other since we are still in the midst of a public health crisis,” said Mayor Ducey. “However, families understandably want their young ones to enjoy this cherished tradition. We want to make sure that trick-or-treating is being done in the safest manner possible, for both young people and homeowners.”
Mayor Ducey is encouraging residents to follow the lights on/lights off system for Halloween to help trick-or-treaters distinguish between participating and non-participating homes. This will also give homeowners who are not comfortable with trick-or-treating during the health crisis a convenient way to respectfully notify people they are not participating.
“This system is very simple – if a light is on, that house is participating. If the light is off, they are not and continue to the next home,” said Mayor Ducey.
Mayor Ducey urges everyone to be respectful of homeowners’ decisions. “It is understandable that some people may choose to not participate in trick-or-treating this year due to concerns about the pandemic. Similarly, some people are going to welcome trick-or-treaters. Everyone’s decision is personal and should be respected.”
Halloween is October 31. While the township does not establish times for trick-or-treating, Mayor Ducey asks everyone to be considerate of their neighbors when deciding what time to visit homes.
Residents are encouraged to follow the advice offered by the New Jersey Department of Health for trick-or-treating this year:
· No one should participate in any activities if they or a household member have a known exposure to COVID-19, are sick or symptomatic, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet met the criteria for discontinuing isolation
· Trick-or-treaters should limit their groups to current household members and should practice social distancing
· Wear a face mask. Costume masks are not acceptable substitutes for cloth or disposable masks.
· For people giving out treats, wear a mask when trick-or-treaters come to door and regularly wash and sanitize hands.
· Consider leaving a bowl of treats on the porch or a table where it can be accessed while adhering to social distancing requirements or arrange individually packaged candy so that trick-or-treaters can grab and go without using a shared bowl.
“Even though trick-or-treating is a fun activity, we must all remember to continue to follow guidelines and recommendations put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Ducey.