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POSTPONED: Manchester Trick or Treat Moved to Monday

Police had originally rescheduled trick or treat for Saturday

Trick or treat in Manchester has been postponed until Monday, Nov. 5, township police announced.

With power still out in some areas and debris on the ground, township officials decided it would be better to wait a few extra days to hold the annual door-to-door tradition. Manchester officials had rescheduled trick or treat for Saturday, before Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order moving it to Monday in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation.

"There are still main portions in the township that are without power," said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski. "We think having a few extra days will help with the clean up."

Moving the date also stays consistent with the governor's order, Klimakowski said. Though towns that had moved trick-or-treating to a day other than Oct. 31 could have kept their plans, state officials suggested 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 issued earlier this week.

Hours for trick or treat in Manchester are 12 to 9 p.m., the chief said. 

Dawn H. November 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The one downfall to that is the hours..most kids in town are in school until 3-3:30pm and our Middle school kids don't get home until 5:30pm or so. Maybe it should have been postponed till next Sat.
julie wilson November 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
WHY DON'T WE JUST FORGET HALLOWEEN THIS IS SO STUDIP WITH THIS CRAP WILL NOT BE OPENING MY DOOR UNLESS THERE IS POWER. NOT OPENING DOOR IN THE DARK.
willow damato November 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I agree. By the time I get out of work and get him dressed my son will only have an hour.
Nicole Bomm November 03, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Halloween is for the kids not the adults. Obviously there are devastating things going on that we as adults are dealing with. But the little ones can't wrap their heads around any of it and they shouldn't have to. All they know is that they were excited about Halloween and candy and costumes and then it didn't happen. They don't get it. They've been out of school for a week now. They need some sense of normalcy too. Its silly and kindof cruel to take Halloween away from them too. Most areas around Manchester have power back and fortunately didn't suffer mass destruction (at least not my area of town) Let them have their couple hours of being a kid
Maria Lawson November 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I agree don't take it completely away from the kids but maybe do it in a Saturday or Sunday since some of the kids get home so late from school and have after school sports
Jami Chiappisi November 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I so agree! My kids are 5 and 10 and never once asked about having trick-or-treat. People have lost their homes and no power still! I think we can skip this years Halloween!
1nenonly November 03, 2012 at 04:36 PM
school is closed all of next week for manchester and lakehurst so i think it is a great idea to do it monday the kids have been stuck in the house waiting for this i think the sooner the better..
Carey November 03, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Where did u see that Manchester schools isclosed all next wee?
Sharon November 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Manchester schools are open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. They are closed Thursday and Friday. Halloween us 12 to 9 on Monday. All of this is unsafe, as some of the town still has no power. We also still have many trees down. T o t in the dark and walking home from the bus stop is stupider.
TT November 05, 2012 at 11:29 AM
A good portion of Pine Lake Park has power and this is for the kids. I think it will be great to see kids in their costumes. Something fun amidst all this depression.
Megan Light November 05, 2012 at 12:17 PM
For everyone saying we should cancel Halloween... Yes there are trees down and yes the power is out some places, but if it wasn't safe or a good idea our governer would have Cancelled it himself. I understand where a lot of you are coming from, but this holiday is not about you its is about the children. Let these kids have some fun after all of the devastation they faced during and after the storm. It is not up to you wether we have it or not it is up to the governer who happens to be a very intelligent man.

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