Christie Postpones Halloween Statewide After Sandy

"Postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step" during post-Sandy cleanup, the governor says.

Effective immediately, Halloween is postponed in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order declaring that no New Jersey town can hold trick-or-treating today, Oct. 31. If towns had planned to do so, they must move trick-or-treating and any public celebrations to Monday, Nov. 5.

Towns that already moved trick-or-treating to another day other than Oct. 31 can keep their plans, but state officials are still suggesting Monday instead.

“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said in a statement. “In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and dangerous conditions abound even as our emergency management and response officials continue their work.

“As governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy – postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that.”

Click on the PDF, above, for the governor's full executive order.

Many local towns, including Gloucester Township, had already moved trick-or-treating hours, to Friday, but the Mayor's Office says the township will follow Christie's suggestion of moving festivities to Monday, Nov. 5.

Trick-or-treating in Gloucester Township will now be held Monday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m.

MJ October 31, 2012 at 05:23 PM
He should have cancelled public trick or treating altogether with the end of DaylightSavings time this weekend and so much electric still out.
Ms. Eee October 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I disagree with the new postponement. GT should have just kept it to Friday since it was already posted for reschedule on that day. Now parents and employees have to rearrange plans again?! I know quite a few families that are gonna have to have their children miss trick or treating this Monday because they will either be flying out for vacation(schools are closed next wk), birthday dinners with family, I know another family whose son has surgery scheduled for Monday.
@xxLouA October 31, 2012 at 11:11 PM
the Grinch even stole Christmas, and he doesn't give a Damn.....his quote:
Jennifer October 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Guess it's a good time to teach our children compassion. Yes, they may be disappointed but some children in our state lost their homes, some lost a parent. Trick or treating on another day seems silly to be irritated over.
Carol A. Weil, Esq. October 31, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The Gov should take care of business...he has enough on his plate. Let the individual towns decide on Halloween. He waited until the middle of the day on Halloween day to decide what the children should do in towns he knows nothing about. Kids came home from school ready to get in their costumes and are told it is prohibited by state government! If the towns say the streets are ready for trick or treat, why should the state government make an executive order prohibiting the individual towns from deciding for themselves?
Sean McCullen (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 12:03 AM
At least as Gloucester Township goes, no kids came home expecting to go trick-or-treating today. Trick-or-treating had already been pushed back, on Tuesday, to Friday before the township agreed today to follow the governor's suggestion to make it Nov. 5.


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