Update: 2 p.m. Montclair becomes more definite in discouraging trick or treating today.
Due to remaining dangerous conditions in a number of areas of town, 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.
Update: Montclair, Bloomfield join Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove in discouraging trick or treating today.
Remember the movie — The Year without a Santa Claus? That’s what this Halloween is shaping up to be for kiddies who are home from school today and waiting to start trick or treating. Barista Kids is reporting that Glen Ridge is designating this Friday, November 4 as Halloween, providing that streets are clearer and safer by then following the October freak snow storm.
Update: Montclair now says:
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. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Cedar Grove’s BOE is doing a telephone blast to school parents telling them to postpone treating until Friday. We’ve heard from Glen Ridge that a similar call will go out to parents in the township and that Montclair and Bloomfield are also planning same (awaiting confirmation from these towns).
Glen Ridge has already sent this email to school parents:
For safety reasons, especially in the evening, the Mayor and the Borough Council has postponed trick or treat until Friday, November 4th.
Update: Bloomfield, who has already called schools closed for tomorrow, joins Glen Ridge in postponing Halloween to this Friday:
The Township of Bloomfield and Township of Glen Ridge are concerned about slippery roads, darkened streets, downed tree limbs and power lines and are postponed trick-or-treating until Friday, November 4, 2011. Bloomfield and Glen Ridge are urging parents and residents to wait until end of the week to allow children to go trick-or-treating Friday November 4, 2011.
South Orange’s Alex Torpey writes…”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!”
“Howl-O-Ween,” a safe trick-or-treating event at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, has been postponed to Thursday, November 3, (4-9 p.m.) because of damage/power outages caused by Snoctober.
How many kids do you think will double dip — go treating today and next Friday??
Snow pumpkin created by Ed Garcia, Bloomfield.