SUMMIT, NJ - New Jersey continues to respond to increasing cases of COVID-19, and the Summit Police Department is passing along guidance from the New Jersey State Department of Health for a safe a Halloween this year, recommendations which suggest several ways to adapt traditional celebrations. 

Children who will be trick-or-treating should:

  • Wear a mask (not a costume mask) that covers your mouth and nose when trick-or-treating and giving candy;
  • Limit your group to current household members; 
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others not in your household;
  • Use hand sanitizer frequently;
  • Limit the number of homes on your route.
  • Do not go inside homes.
  • Do not ring doorbells or knock on doors;
  • Only accept candy that is in factory sealed packaging;
  • Wipe down wrapped candy before opening;
  • Always be careful crossing the street and
  • Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight. 

Households should: 

  • Turn off your porch lights if you do not want trick-or-treaters;
  • Stay outdoors when giving out treats;
  • Wear a mask, wash your hands and use hand sanitizer before and after passing out candy; Disposable gloves provide another option;
  • Limit close contact with trick-or-treaters; and
  • Arrange treats so that children may grab and go without accessing a shared bowl. 

As a reminder, no one should participate in Halloween activities if they or a household member have a known exposure to COVID-19, are sick or symptomatic, or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not yet met the criteria for discontinuing isolation.