Mayor, Rec Dept, CJAC Announce Halloween Events and COVID-19 Related Trick-or-Treating Guidelines

Carteret, NJ – Mayor Daniel J. Reiman has announced Carteret’s 2020 Halloween events and Trick-or-Treating guidelines, as the Borough plans to proceed in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to maintain a sense of normalcy and have fun while staying safe,” said Mayor Dan Reiman. “Trick-or-Treating is an annual tradition which Carteret will observe, along with new, social distant contests that we hope families will enjoy.”

Trick-or-Treating is permitted in the Borough from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. Please note that per State Department guidelines, Trick-or-Treaters must still wear face masks over their costume masks to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 and should limit their groups to only current household members. Those handing out candy should only provide individually packaged items which are commercially packaged and non-perishable. Due to the pandemic, Trick-or-Treaters are encouraged to be respectful of homeowners and residents who do not wish to participate. Such residents may have their lights turned off and/or display the sign provided by the Borough in the mail this week on the door or window. Trick-or-Treaters should practice hand hygiene by washing their hands or using hand sanitizer before leaving home, after touching objects such as wrapped candy, and after arriving home.

In addition to Trick-of-Treating, the Carteret Health and Recreation Department has announced three contests for families to participate in from home – a House Decorating Contest, Costume Contest, and Community Scarecrow Contest.

To participate in the House Decorating Contest, Carteret residents are encouraged to decorate their homes based on one of three categories – Spookiest Manor, Autumn Paradise, or Inflatable Jackpot. Email a picture of your home, your name, age, and contact info to [email protected] by Friday, October 23rd.

The Costume Contest has three age categories, Newborn through 4 years old, Ages 5 to 12, and Ages 13 to to 17. Email a picture of your costume, your name, age, and contact info to [email protected] by Friday, October 23rd.

Those who wish to Participate in the Community Scarecrow Contest, which is sponsored by the Carteret Recreation Department and Dibble and Dabble Creativity Center, must register for free tickets at Each household will receive a scarecrow frame, a bundle of hay, a newspaper, a burlap bag, and twine.

All entries for the contests will be posted on the My Carteret Facebook page on Monday, October 26th for the public to vote on. The votes will be tallied at the end of the week for each category and winners will be announced on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st on the My Carteret Facebook page. Special awards will be given for each contest winner.

The Central Jersey Arts Council’s Teen Advisory Board is hosting a Virtual Fall Drawing Workshop and Contest. Participants are encouraged to draw a Fall or Halloween themed picture and submit it to [email protected] no later than October 27th. Contest winners will be announced on the Central Jersey Arts Council Facebook Page on Halloween. Follow the CJAC social meia paged or Comcast Channel 36 beginning on October 21 for Virtual Art Workshops.

On Halloween evening, October 31 at 6:30 pm at Carteret Park, Mayor Reiman and the Carteret Recreation Department will host the final Carteret Movies in the Park of the year, featuring “The Addams Family 2019.”  This is a free, family-friendly event. Please bring blankets or chairs for seating.

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