WOODBRIDGE – Mayor John E. McCormac today announced that Woodbridge Township is under the spell of a “Haunted Halloween” as trick-or-treaters take to neighborhoods and special Township-wide events to celebrate the annual recognition of “All Hollows Eve.”
“As Halloween has grown in popularity, so have responsibilities to safeguard and protect our ‘trick-or-treaters’ as they go from house-to-house and to the many special events sponsored by the Township, YMCA, schools, community groups and organizations,” McCormac said.
“While the Woodbridge Police Department will be watching out for ‘ghosts and goblins’ as part of special Halloween patrols and the Health Department is available to provide information on healthy treats, the safety of our youngest ‘trick-or-treaters’ falls to parents and older children,” McCormac said. “We encourage everyone – young and older alike – to think ‘safety first’ as they attend the many Halloween events scheduled over the next several days and as youngsters take to the streets for ‘trick-or-treating’ on Halloween (Oct. 31).”
The Woodbridge Police Department reminds that while scary fun is great, special safety reminders and precautions need to be in place in order to keep Township “trick-or-treaters” out of harms way, including a Halloween curfew. The curfew is in place from 7 p.m. to sunrise on Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31 and applies to everyone under the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult).
Police will issue a warning and instructions to return home to first-time violators; second offense violators will be taken into custody and held until picked up by a parent or guardian. The police deparment also issued important Halloween safety precautions:
- Consider using make-up rather than masks. Masks obstruct vision, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic;
- Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to darker costumes;
- Always carry a flashlight or an inexpensive battery-operated strobe light;
- An adult should always accompany small children while trick-or-treating. Older children should travel in groups for safety;
- Make sure trick-or-treaters know to only approach familiar houses that have outside lights on and NEVER ENTER A STRANGER’S HOUSE OR VEHICLE;
- Trick-or-treat in daylight hours;
- Consider handing out something other than candy – fast food coupons, sports cards and other novelty items make for safe treats;
- Trick-or-treaters should return home before opening candy and other treats – previously opened candy should be thrown out. It is sad to think people may tamper with food and candy given to children… but it’s better to be safe.
ADULTS & MOTORISTS:
- Stay alert at all times for young children who may unexpectedly dart in front of a vehicle. In the excitement of the day, trick-or-treaters probably won’t be paying attention to passing motor vehicles, so slow down and drive cautiously;
- If you attend a Halloween party where alcohol is served, make sure you have a designated driver for the trip home. Alcohol, even in small amounts, slows reaction time and dulls the senses. With small children running from house to house, driving while under the influence can have a deadly result;
- If you are transporting trick-or-treaters, remember that “buckling-up” is a proven lifesaving measure…costume or not, buckle up!
WOOBRIDGE HALLOWEEN EVENTS:
The Department of Recreation is hosting “Pumpkin Painting” at the Main Street Farmers Market from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The annual “Halloween Hay Ride” at Parker Press Park steps-off on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The “Halloween Parade & Costume Contest” at the Woodbridge Community Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 30 beginning at 10 a.m.
The Youth Center at Evergreen invites Middle School students to a “Halloween Dance Party & Costume Contest” (costumes are a must) at the Evergreen Center in Colonia on Friday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. And don’t forget that Sat., Oct. 30 is also “Halloween Festival & Family Fun Day” at the YMCA at the Woodbridge Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m.
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