Townships Cancel Trick or Treating–Barista Kids Poll: Are Your Kids Going Trick Or Treating Today?

BY  |  Monday, Oct 31, 2011 7:42am  |  COMMENTS (6)


Trick or Treating warnings are coming in:

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. is urging the public to be cautious of downed power lines and to stay away from all wires because they could still be active with electricity. In addition, the Executive asked that adults and children who are planning to go trick-or-treating on Halloween Day should be extremely careful and find alternatives ways to celebrate if their neighborhood has received extensive storm damage.

This in from Montclair:

The Montclair Office of Emergency Management asks everyone to be aware that many power lines are still down and areas in town are still affected by power outages. At no time should anyone drive or walk around cones or taped off wires as they may still be energized. Any downed wire could be “live” and should be reported to PSE&G by calling 1-800-436-PSEG.

Parents are asked to limit their children’s trick-or-treating to daylight hours and to exercise extreme caution when going out for Halloween activities.

Montclair Township just updated its warning (12:17 pm):

The Township of Montclair encourages parents to hold Halloween festivities at home rather than having their children participate in trick-or-treating. If your children do go out to trick-or-treat, we ask parents to limit their trick-or-treating to daylight hours and to exercise extreme caution.

Another update form Montclair (2:09 pm):

Due to remaining dangerous conditions in a number of areas of town (see:, the Township of Montclair recommends that parents postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating until Friday, November 4 and NOT participate in trick-or-treating today, Monday, October 31.

The Township also encourages those who will postpone home-to-home trick-or-treating to keep porch lights off to let October 31 participants know that they will NOT be participating this evening.

Glen Ridge and Bloomfield officially canceled Trick or Treating:

Due to the State of Emergency, the Mayor and Council have postponed trick or treating in Glen Ridge to Friday, November 4, 2011. The Township of Bloomfield has also postponed trick or treating to Friday.

This just in from South Orange (1:40 pm):

“We are advising residents against going house to house to trick or treat tonight because of the potential danger of downed wires, hanging branches and debris still on the ground. Spooky Spiotta Park will be happening starting at 4pm and we invite all residents to come downtown and celebrate Halloween with us!

There are some other events that you can try. Here’s are list of Halloween events, which has updated cancellation info. And here’s a safe halloween option:

Halloween Kids Fest
Who: Kids ages 2 – 12.
What: Come in costume with their parents and enjoy free family-friendly activities including make & take crafts, face painting, prizes and more! Then be part of the celebration with trick-or-treating from 5pm-7pm in the mall for all to enjoy!
Where: Willowbrook Mall, Bloomingdale’s Exhibit Court, Wayne, NJ
When: Monday, October 31 beginning at 3 pm, with trick or treating from 5 pm – 7 pm.
Cost: Free

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  1. POSTED BY Kristin  |  October 31, 2011 @ 9:40 am

    Our block has lines in the back, and the snow is melting. We’ll go around the block before dark, but I don’t know how many people will actually be home. It will be good training for selling door-to-door school items and GS cookies. (Do the Girl Scouts do that anymore?)

  2. POSTED BY bioniclime  |  October 31, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    Can you please post a link/reference to the Trick or Treating cancelled in Glen Ridge and Bloomfield?

  3. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 31, 2011 @ 11:55 am
  4. POSTED BY bioniclime  |  October 31, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Yes, I have that, Georgette… but am I blind? Where on the website does it say it is postponed until Nov 4?

  5. POSTED BY bioniclime  |  October 31, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Augh… DELETE… I must have had a cached page. Sorry!

  6. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  October 31, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    No problem 🙂

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