Mayor Maurice B. Hill and Police Chief Mitch Little announced that trick-or-treating will take place from 2:00- 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st.
This was a joint decision made by the Township and the Toms River Police Department. “We respect that this is an unusual year due to the COVID pandemic, but want to leave the choice to trick-or-treat up to the individual families in our community,” said Mayor Hill.
For anyone who does plan to trick-or-treat, police ask that they wear a mask or face covering in accordance with CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, carry hand sanitizer and be respectful of those who choose not to participate.
Residents who do not want to participate are encouraged to turn off their front light, close their front door and/or place a sign in front of the home. Residents who do want to participate please leave your porch lights on.
Governor Phil Murphy said on September 9th that Halloween trick-or-treating remains on in New Jersey this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Township’s guidelines are subject to change, pending any future directives from the governor.
Police Chief Mitch Little says while Halloween is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for children, it also presents dangers if the proper precautions are not taken.
“On October 31st, motorists should be aware and drive with extra caution. We advise parents to accompany children, always carry a flashlight for safety, stay on sidewalks or as close to the curb as possible and only go to houses where the porch lights are on.”
While there is no official curfew in Toms River, Chief Little says that all trick-or-treaters will be asked to be off town streets by 9:00 p.m.
Chief Little says, “For a variety of reasons, such as pre-existing health conditions, or personal choice, residents may to choose not to participate in trick-or-treating this year. We never know what someone is going through and ask that if a home chooses not to participate in Halloween celebrations, you respectfully move on. The day should be a day of fun for the children in our community.”
“As always please contact the Toms River Police Department if you see or hear any suspicious activity. Have a safe and Happy Halloween,” added Chief Little.