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Toms River 2020 Trick-Or-Treating Safety Guidelines and Rules. (Toms River Township)

It's time to get scary...and socially distant!

Toms River Mayor Maurice "Mo" Hill and Police Chief Mitch Little announced safety guidelines and times on Tuesday for Halloween which includes a request for social distancing, carrying hand sanitizer and wearing a mask (what better costume than a ghost or maybe Frankenstein?).

They also ask that you respect peoples decisions who don't wish to Trick-Or-Treat or give out candy this year.

Trick-Or-Treating will take place from 2:00 - 8:00 pm on October 31.

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.

If do want to participate, leave your porch lights on.

“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,” Mayor Hill said in prepared remarks.

Governor Phil Murphy had previously announced that Halloween trick-or-treating remains on in New Jersey this year despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Town’s guidelines are subject to change, pending any future directives from the governor.

While Halloween is a fun holiday for the kids, safety always comes first, and that's not just Covid-19 related.

“On October 31st, motorists should be aware and drive with extra caution," Chief Little said in prepared remarks. "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.

“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," Chief Little said. "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."

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