How To Keep Halloween Safe


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Verona isn’t among the New Jersey towns that have banned trick or treating but, with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, town officials have shared some guidelines on celebrating Halloween safely this year, complete with a flyer that you can tape to your front door to let kids know if you are opting out. If you are participating in other Halloween activities, like visiting a corn maze, the New Jersey Department of Health has additional safety guidelines.

For Verona Candy Givers:

  • Porch Light On = Trick or Treat here!
  • Porch Light Off = Maybe next year!
  • Wear a cloth or surgical mask
  • Candy/items should be factory sealed
  • Consider spreading out treats on a table or prepare individually sealed bags ahead of time to avoid hands in bowls
  • Limit treat choices
  • Maintain social distancing (wave to the kids from a distance or from behind a door)
  • Provide hand sanitizer for trick or treaters

For Trick or Treaters:

  • Porch/Outdoor Light On = Trick or Treat here!
  • Porch/Outdoor Light Off = Maybe next year!
  • Stay with your family or “pod”
  • Practice social distancing (keep at least 6 feet apart from other groups)
  • Stay in your immediate neighborhood
  • Do not enter someone else’s home
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Wear a cloth or surgical mask (costume masks do not provide protection)
  • Avoid Trick or Treating if you or anyone in your household isn’t feeling well, has a fever, or is under quarantine
  • Only accept candy that is in factory-sealed packaging
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