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Christie Moves Halloween To Monday

"Postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step" during post-Sandy cleanup, the governor says. Towns that have already moved Halloween can keep the new date.

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 on Wednesday. If towns had planned to do so, they must move trick-or-treating and any public celebrations to Monday.

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.”

Shannon October 31, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Gerry, I was just going to ask the same thing..
Anna Tivade October 31, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Ogden Memorial Presbyterian Church will be open its gym for the community as a place to warm up, charge cell phones, and use the WiFi. 286 Main Street, Chatham. For more information call the church office at 973-635-5567 or call Rev. Leigh at 973-255-9002. Please pass the word around. Stay safe everyone!
Anna Tivade October 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Also....I guess Chatham is still on for Saturday? That would be a great article for Chatham Patch to post. Laura, can you find out and post for the readers! Thanks for the updates!
kelly October 31, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Does this mean all of livingston is postponed? It says MAY BE POSTPONED on the front page of this website...and I live at the regency...so I'm so confused.
Kathy Taulbee October 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
What about Bernards Township? Is Trick or Treat on Saturday or Monday? Please advise.
DMM October 31, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Chatham, Summit and Madison moved their celebrations to Saturday--will they move to Monday now?
Gerry Geisler October 31, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I just checked the Chatham Borough web page and they have trick or treat moved to Monday, November 5.
Jersey Mom October 31, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hopefully parents will monitor their older children and escort the younger ones on the right day for trick or treating. We are confused in West Orange and Livingston areas. Is it Saturday or Monday???
Stacey Ewald October 31, 2012 at 09:49 PM
How about Executive Order to push elections out a week. People aren't even in their own homes, mobility is limited, access to everything, even information, is limited. Not even sure polling centers will be open. If there's real interest in protecting our right to vote than Election Day should be postponed one week!
Gerry Geisler October 31, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Stacey, that would make sense, if it could be done on a nationwide bases.
Patricia McCutcheon October 31, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Governer declairs Holloween to be moved to Sat?? What the hell is this world coming to? People withought power, homes devestated and no homes at all this is a focus? No one loves children and thier thrill of this day more than myself but this is so out of context and I cannot even believe it is on the radar. Every parent shoud explain to their children that were so looking fowward to this that many families have no homes to go back to, so the snickers bars are really not that relevant. Every parent needs put put thing in perspective for their children and teach what is truly inportant in life and right now...that is prayers for lost lives and home. And, my name is Patricia McCutcheon who had parents who raised 11 children and live with a great deal of love and grief at the same time. So I learned from the best. My love and prayers go out to all that are in need at this time.
Elizabeth Cox October 31, 2012 at 10:55 PM
if he didn't give a date people would be outraged- i bought my kids a bag of their favorite candy , they wore costumes all around the house. people need to gat over the nonsense. it's candy- not gold- let's move on!
Laura October 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm with you Patricia! But don't blame the Governor. You can see from the comments here how many people are focused on this and seem to need someone to tell them what to do, as if Halloween were some sort of government run entitlement. Unfortunately the Governor's office needed to respond to this to protect children whose parents don't have the common sense or backbone to keep them safe.
Gerry Geisler October 31, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I also don't know why the Governor had to get involved, I would think it should be up to each community to decide when, or even if, they are going to allow trick or treating this year based on their individual situations! The point is to have a coordinated effort in each community to assure the safety and well being of all. And yes, I. like most if not all the others here have far greater concerns on my mind, both for my family and for all those impacted by this great disaster, whether they are family, friends, or perfect strangers. I do resent the implications that the fact that I chose to post about this here implies in any way that Halloween is the sole focus of my concerns at this time!
Patricia McCutcheon November 01, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Still cannot believe peopel are posting questions about Holloween when there are lives lost and people without homes, lost lives and no power/heat and elderly. Kids will live withough piece of chocolate for God's Sake. Speak to them and teach them as to what is important in life! It is not a tootise roll.
Dougal Murrayfield November 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Fellow moms and dads. This is really easy,,,"Johnny and Katie, you see all those trees on the ground out there, and you know how all the lights are off and we have no heat, well this year we're giving halloween a miss"
Dougal Murrayfield November 01, 2012 at 12:27 AM
No, government doesn't and shouldn't work that way. When Obama gets re-elected I really don't wont to hear a republican complain that he got an extra week to campaign.
Madison Mom November 01, 2012 at 03:02 AM
We went to a neighbor's house tonight to share dinner and charades by candle light. When we arrived their two small children were in their Halloween costumes. Our two littles ones were not. After all that's happened over the last few days even my kids forgot about Halloween. We'll catch up next year.
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