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Trick or Treat Set for Oct. 31 in Manchester and Lakehurst

Police offer tips on staying safe during Halloween

Get those costumes ready — trick or treat in Manchester and Lakehurst is about a week away.

Both municipalities have set Halloween day, Wednesday, Oct. 31, for the annual candy collection exercise. In Manchester, children can visit homes from noon to 9 p.m. In Lakehurst, a 9 p.m. curfew will be enforced for children under 16 years old, and a 10 p.m. curfew is in place for those ages 16 to 18.

Lakehurst will host a Halloween dance on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. for children in grades 6 through 8 — permission slips should have arrived home with students, according to Mayor Harry Robbins. A Halloween parade through the borough will congregate at the U.S. Post Office on Union Avenue at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The march will conclude at Lake Horicon for costume judging.

While celebrating Halloween, Manchester police advise parents to ensure that their children wear costumes that are "bright and reflective," are the proper size to avoid tripping and do not obstruct vision, among other precautions:

  • Children 12 and under should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Plan your route and share it with family members.
  • Carry a flashlight so you can be seen by others.
  • If possible, stay in groups and walk on sidewalks. If no sidewalk is available, use the farthest edge of the roadway.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street and try to cross only at corners. Do not hide or cross between parked cars.
  • Only trick-or-treat in well known neighborhoods and at homes that have a porch light on.
  • Never enter a strange car or home to accept a treat. Be cautious of animals and strangers.
  • Never eat unwrapped foods items or open beverages. Have an adult inspect treats before eating.
  • Notify police immediately of any sign of suspicious or illegal activity.

Don't forget to enter your costume in Patch's Halloween contest for a chance to win the $5,000 grand prize. Details are available here.

LB October 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
A Halloween parade through the borough will congregate at the U.S. Post Office on Union Avenue at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. - The 27th is a SATURDAY. So it the parade on a Friday or Saturday?
Gregory Kyriakakis (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The parade is on Saturday — article has been fixed.
Da Gr8 1 October 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
when is manchester/lakehurst going to wake up and move halloween to the 30th so that we can enjoy the toms river parade like the rest of the county does???
Tanya Gilmore October 23, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hopefully never. Halloween is Halloween. It shouldn't be "moved" for a parade. I want to take my kids out ON Halloween.
tax paying concerned citizen October 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Hopefully never is right! Next they will change Christmas or another holiday! Never heard of such a thing.
algbiv October 23, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Yes, We Manchester residents should not get to enjoy the parade, its punishment for living in Manchester
Scott Neuman October 24, 2012 at 12:43 AM
We should have a combined Manchester/Lakehurst Parade. We have more then enough residents to pull this off ourselves and have community pride with it. We've always looked as Lakehurst as our twin town regardless and having the main street to walk down would be very safe rather then down Commonwealth. It's in the middle of Manchester, so Whiting, Holly Oaks and Pine Lake Park, Summit and the other portions of the town could get there within 5 minutes of leaving our homes. Does Manchester really need Toms River?
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