Maybe it’s fitting the spookiest day of the year now falls on the eve of the General Election.
Either way, trick-or-treating hours have now been moved to Monday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 9 p.m. in Washington Township. The town’s festivities were original moved to Saturday, Nov. 3, but it doesn’t seem as though conditions will be safe enough for children to traverse roadways and sidewalks.
On Wednesday, Governor Chris Christie signed an Executive Order moving all trick-or-treating hours off Oct. 31 to Nov. 5. If towns had already postponed their festivities to a later date, those municipalities could keep their newly designated times.
Washington Township Mayor Ken Short said Wednesday it would be a day-by-day process of figuring out what would be best for the community regarding Halloween.
Fairmount Firehouse is still being utilized as a warming center and place to charge electronic devices during daytime hours. Schooley’s Mountain Firehouse is being used as a fulltime shelter until all of Washington Township’s power is fully restored.
The free rabies clinic scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Department of Public Works has been canceled with no new date announced, according to the Washington Township Health Department.
The township is also asking residents to keep their downed trees, tree limbs and debris away from the road if possible.
As of 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jersey Central Power & Light’s outage map was reporting 5,517 residences without power, a drop from the nearly 6,000 when the day began.
For full coverage on Hurricane Sandy’s impact on Washington Township, go here.