UPDATE: Gloucester Township Is Not Trying to Cancel Halloween

The council is considering a resolution Monday to voluntarily "restrict" trick-or-treating.

Halloween will not be canceled in Gloucester Township (Photo: Shelly Castorino)
Halloween will not be canceled in Gloucester Township (Photo: Shelly Castorino)

Mayor David Mayer said Monday he thought this article in Gloucester Township Patch was not accurate for questioning if the municipality was trying to cancel Halloween.

"It's ridiculous, inaccurate and you know it," Mayer said during a brief phone conversation at 3:08 p.m.

Mayer said the municipality is not "prohibiting" children from going door to door to trick or treat.

In a resolution being considered by the council on Monday, the council asked parents within the township to: "Restrict their children's Halloween celebrations to private parties among friends and not permit their children to engage in Trick or Treat activities by going door to door."

Mayer said this resolution is nothing new and that the council has been issuing it since 1998.


The Gloucester Township Council is scheduled to consider a resolution Monday to "restrict and limit traditional Halloween activities." EDITOR'S NOTE: The request was later determined to be voluntary.

The measure states that children are "exposed to the potential of dangers of harm or injury" by Trick-or-Treating and advocates restricting or limiting activities to "promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of children."

The resolution has some residents seeing red. 

"I was just told that on (Monday's) township council meeting the mayor is going to talk about canceling Halloween," said Heather Rambert in a comment on Gloucester Township Patch. "I plan to show up and protest this decision in any way I am allowed to."

Local officials were not immediately contacted Monday morning for comment. The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the Municipal Hall on Chews Landing Road.

Chip Kelly September 24, 2013 at 01:11 AM
Mayer wants to control Halloween for one reason: he and council have driven Gloucester Township into such debt that the town cannot afford the unpredictable flood of people on the street and the related police overtime costs. Mayer needs control of the population so he can mange police and safety costs. Mayer is a village idiot and anyone supporting him is a partisan selfish hack. It's that simple. You people get what you deserve by voting him in, that is if he wins. The county party ain't too happy with him right.
gttaxpayer September 24, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Everyone in the township should end up at Bianchini and Mayer's houses for the safety of the children.
gttaxpayer September 24, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Halloween night at Bianchini & Mayers for the safety of the children
Michael September 24, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Hey! What's going on here? I thought only one person could have a user name and now there is another "Michael" posting. What's up with that Patch?
Michael September 24, 2013 at 08:07 AM
Bianchini wants Halloween at his house so that he can keep all the candy.
Dennis A September 24, 2013 at 11:05 AM
How could anyone stop Halloween? What laws are being broken? Would police start arresting little kids in their costumes? And isn't it always voluntary? We do still live in America, right? I'm confused.
Dennis A September 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Camille, how is this socialism? And Joe, who exactly took god out of Christmas? I think both sentiments are incorrect and I'll conceived.
Dennis A September 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Curfews are bs.
Chip Kelly September 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Dennis A., 'stupid is as stupid does'.....the same people who are trying to control Halloween are the same people who took God out of Christmas,who are the same people who love socialism. Government is evil, greedy people are evil, greedy people who are in government are among the elites of evil. And no, we do not live in America.
Lovelivingingt September 24, 2013 at 01:11 PM
All of you that are still talking about this are the real fools! If you don't like the laws, just move to another country and see how good we really have it here!
Michelle Wolfson September 24, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Ahhhh but it's it not the law remember? It's totally voluntary.
Jane September 24, 2013 at 01:56 PM
POINT BEING...are we no longer a society who knows what is best for our very own children? Do we no longer realize they must be off of the streets at a reasonable hour? Do we no longer know to turn off our outdoor light(s) as so the trick-or-treaters will not approach? What ever happenef to individual credibility, accountability, and responsibility? No fire whistles need be blown, no bureaucracy should implicate this! Do not depend upon large fatcats dictating YOUR responsibility!!!
Jane September 24, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Brutus Cato September 24, 2013 at 02:02 PM
@Lovelivingingt...always the voice of reason. You're like a blast of hot air in the face on a 100-degree day. >> "just move to another country" There's some logic that's hard to argue with. Remember, you could have kept quiet and been thought the fool but, of course, you always insist on spouting your foolish rhetoric and removing all doubt.
Jane September 24, 2013 at 02:25 PM
VOLUNTEER to spread the word on election day...INdependence, not DEpendence!!!
Lovelivingingt September 24, 2013 at 02:41 PM
@Brutus - I could comment and personally attack you like you did, but then I would bringing myself down to your level. My point was, people didn't like what they heard so they showed up and their voice was heard. To continue to squawk about it is pointless and a waste of time. Move on to other issues or move out.
GTWatchdawg September 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
That is just what elected officials want you to do. Forget about it and move on.keep speaking about it and make sure that it doesn't happen again because next time it will be something else remember they have cameras at the red lights cameras in the parks,watching us all the time. what they need is television cameras watching council so we may watch them.
Jane September 24, 2013 at 03:42 PM
The NSA is even reading THIS!!! Do NOT be silent. Stop this nanny-statism NOW!!!
64ner September 25, 2013 at 08:45 AM
If they are so concerned about the children's safety, how about putting a traffic light in front of Timber Creek High School. It's the very least they could do after destroying the front of the school with those hideous solar panels.
Tom Davis (Editor) September 25, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Hi Jimmy--I'm Tom Davis, regional editor for Patch.com. Can you please email me? I'd like to talk to you about everything. My email address is tom.davis@patch.com.
Jane September 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
It's all part of the "plan..."
Jimmy September 25, 2013 at 04:02 PM
We already know this. This is being monitored more now than ever.
Jane September 25, 2013 at 04:33 PM
AND your friendly neighborhood NSA...
GTWatchdawg September 25, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Welcome to Gloucester Township U.S.S.R. That would make GT PATCH, Pravda wouldn't it? Soviet State run news media. We wish Patch kept Sean McCullen. It wouldn't be this bad. Duhart is like the Gloucester Township Policitians, has 2 jobs and should be good at one of them.
Andrew G. September 25, 2013 at 07:53 PM
They used the cover of Halloween to pass a three extension to Township's healthcare plan. What is even more interesting is "Obama Care" goes into affect October 1st. Coincidence?
Jimmy September 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Jimmy September 25, 2013 at 08:51 PM
How will Conner strong benefit from Obama care
Jimmy September 25, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Andrew G. September 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Its always Halloween in Gloucester Township. Trick for the tax payers and treat for the township employees. 2 80,000 dollar police cars for them in September. For 5 square miles. Don't believe me check September's bills. The council asked the police Chief not one question on this. The council always votes 7-0. Check the minutes.
Dennis A November 26, 2013 at 08:39 PM
@chip Kelly, I still don't know who "the people" you refer to are. We are inundated by Christmas at every turn well before thanksgiving. No one is taking god out of Christmas. It's a myth perpetuated by the right wing media and is a total farce.


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