Bayonne announces Halloween plans

A costume contest and trick-or-treating guidelines

Halloween decorations in Bayonne. Photo by Victor M. Rodriguez
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Halloween decorations in Bayonne. Photo by Victor M. Rodriguez

Mayor Jimmy Davis and the Division of Recreation have announced Halloween plans.

The Division of Recreation will hold its Annual Halloween Costume Contest at the 16th Street Park Amphitheater at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31. The costume contest is open to Bayonne children, ages 2 to 14.

Trophies will be presented to the top five costumes.

The annual Halloween Parade on Broadway will not take place this year.

Trick-or-treating amid COVID-19

This year, due to COVID-19, Davis has announced the city will distribute “Welcome Trick or Treaters” signs for households and businesses.

Bright orange signs will be placed in front windows or doors to inform trick-or-treaters that they are welcome: No welcome sign, no trick-or-treaters, Davis said.

Email bayonnehalloween@BayNJ.org  to request a “Welcome” sign.  Name and addresses must be included. The signs will be mailed.

Residents can also request the sign be emailed with a PDF. Residents are asked to print in color so trick-or-treaters can see the orange sign.

Residents may also pick up the sign in front of City Hall, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Curfew instituted

The trick-or-treating curfew is 6 p.m., at which time welcome signs should be removed.

Social distancing and facemasks are required.

According to the CDC guidelines, a costume mask for Halloween should not be used in place of a face covering unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and does not have gaps around the face.

Do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. The city advises using Halloween-themed cloth masks.

Parents should accompany trick-or-treaters younger than 14, plan a route and curfew if the trick-or-treaters are alone, and inspect candy to make sure wrappers are sealed.

Motorists should watch for children crossing streets, being especially careful entering or leaving driveways and alleys.

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