Is Halloween doomed?


Madison Sondermeyer, Out and About

  October is upon us and Halloween is fast approaching. At this point, everyone is starting  preparations for the spooky season. What should everyone dress up as? Zombies, devils, witches, Chewbacca–what to choose?!  Personally, this is my favorite time of year; all the colors, movies, and spooky talk has always been something my family enjoys. However, the outlook for plans this year isn’t promising, and many questions about what exactly is going to happen (or NOT) for Halloween are being thrown about. Will the traditional Halloween we’ve all come to know and love–trick-or-treating,  trunk-or-treats, and the Spooktacular that our town is fond of–actually take place?  No one knows. 

 As of right now Governor Murphy has declared that Halloween is still ON, but certain guidelines must be followed, so what will this do to this Halloween overall? Furthermore, with cases again on the rise, many wonder between now and October 31, will Halloween ultimately end up being canceled? 

Because the traditional Halloween activities cannot take place, this year the West Milford Police Department has organized a drive-thru Trunk-or-Treat event. COVID guidelines will be followed to make sure everyone maintains safety regulations during these times. The event is taking place Friday, October 30th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the West Milford Recreation Center at 66 Cahill Cross Road. There is no age limit so, get ready to dress up in your best costumes! Little ghosts and goblins are welcome to drive past the trunks from the safety of their own vehicles and are not permitted to exit the cars. They should bring their own bags for candy, so the candy can be dropped directly into the trick-or-treat bag. There is no fee for this event so anyone is welcome to come. However, the police department is currently accepting candy donations as well as registrations for trunks to be decorated. Police officers will be wearing masks and it is suggested that they wear gloves, but it is not mandatory. 

As of right now 25 cars are registered to be all decorated. They are hoping to have at least 50 cars in total like past years. Patrons should be aware that there will not be restroom facilities available for use. For more information or if you are interested in decorating your trunk for the spooky celebration, please contact Amy Antonucci at 973-728-2802. 

If all else fails, you can buy a ton of candy, curl up with a blanket and your friends or family, and have a marathon of Halloween movies. There are hundreds of options like “Hocus Pocus”, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, “Scary Movie”, “The Shining”, “Child’s Play”, “Halloween”, “IT”, or “Hubie Halloween” which is new to Netflix this season. No matter what happens, there will be a way to have a scary good time, so enjoy!