Those planning celebrations or participating in Halloween activities should keep in mind public health and safety recommendations.
“Halloween is a community and family tradition for so many residents. We offer these recommendations to keep you and Halloween safe for everyone,” said Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger.
The Gloucester County Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Health encourages all residents who will be participating in Halloween activities to do so safely.
“No one should participate in these activities if they or a household member have a known exposure to COVID-19, are sick/symptomatic, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” said Commissioner Jim Jefferson.
Gloucester County asks residents to check with local sources to find out trick-or-treating times across their town.
“In addition to safety regarding your health, we urge parents to remind kids of the safety risks involved with trick-or-treating. Staying alert and being aware of your surroundings can prevent accidents and trips to the hospitals in severe cases,” said Commissioner Dan Christy, Liaison the Office of Emergency Response.
“Halloween is a fun event for the whole family, but it’s also a time to be extra cautious to keep everyone safe. Be familiar with the safety tips below to help you and your child have an enjoyable and safe Halloween,” said Gloucester County Sheriff Carmel M. Morina.
Director Damminger and Sheriff Morina’s safety tips include:
- Practice hand hygiene by handwashing or hand sanitizer
- Trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods. Accept treats only at the front door. Never enter the home of a stranger.
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags, and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
- Approach only homes that have their front porch light on.
- Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
- Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
- Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Parents should check all candy and treats prior to children ingesting.
If you have additional questions or concerns, please visit www.gloucestercountynj.gov or call the Gloucester County Department of Health at (856) 218-4101.