Guidelines For Trick Or Treating In Jersey City This Year
It’s that time of year again. The crisp air, the crunch of fallen leaves under our shoes, pumpkins, and Jack-O-Lanterns cascading down the steps of brownstones. Halloween time is here and with it comes a variety of options for celebrating with your family! Even though there is a lot that has changed this year, Halloween is still on. There are a ton of things to do around this time of year. The Department of Health has released health and safety guidance for local officials, schools, organizations, and families.
The Department of Health strongly encourages everyone to wear a face-covering that covers both the nose and mouth. Costume masks do not count as they do not provide the necessary level of protection.
Indoor gatherings must be limited to 25 people or 25% of a room’s capacity – whichever number is lower – and all attendees must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.
Those who plan to trick-or-treat should limit their groups to current household members, consider staying local and limit the number of houses on their route.
For those putting out treats:
- The best option is to give out individually packaged candy that should be arranged in a way that kids can be easily grabbed without multiple pieces being touched. Communal bowls should be avoided.
- Leave a treat bowl on a porch or table or in a place where it may be easily accessed while adhering to social distancing requirements
- If you are handing out candy, please limit interaction or contact with trick-or-treaters, wear a face covering when individuals come to the door and regularly wash hands.
- Any candy given out should be commercially packaged and non-perishable.
- Consider coordinating with neighbors to develop a system, such as signs or on/off porch lights, for distinguishing houses participating in trick-or-treating from those that do not wish to participate.
For outdoor “trunk-or-treating” (when children go car to car instead of house to house):
- Wear a face covering.
- Limit the number of participating cars to ensure adequate space for social distancing and help minimize crowds.
- Ensure the outdoor area has sufficient space per car to avoid overcrowding and to allow adequate space for social distancing.
- Follow the outdoor gatherings limitations in effect at the time.
- Design the event in a long line, rather than a circle, to ensure social and physical distancing to discourage crowding.
- Consider having assigned times or multiple shifts to minimize crowding during the event.
If you want to go trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, try finding one surrounded by a park such as Van Vorst Park, Hamilton Park, and Lincoln Park, and JC Heights neighborhoods. Additionally, many families will be walking around making them more kid-friendly locations. Businesses in areas will be giving out candy as well. Check out this link to see the treat map around Jersey City.
Many of the local buildings will host their own trick-or-treat inside of the residency. Typically building managers will give residents a way to indicate whether or not they are participating in the event. If your building does something like this, it can be a great alternative as it is self-contained. Contact your building to find out if they are hosting trick-or-treat for families.