Fair Lawn Will Hold Halloween as Scheduled

The borough has no plans to cancel trick-or-treating or impose a curfew for Halloween on Wednesday.

Update: Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.: Fair Lawn Cancels Halloween

Gov. Chris Christie may have said he was considering postponing Halloween, but Fair Lawn won't be -- so get your candy ready.

In spite of the large number of trees and power lines blocking streets and sidewalks around town, the borough has decided to hold the holiday as originally scheduled. There will not be a curfew.

Police Chief Erik Rose said that because the majority of young children trick-or-treat with their parents during the day, he believes they'll be properly supervised and will steer clear of any potentially hazardous parts of town.

If severe weather were predicted on Halloween, Rose said he may feel differently, but the forecast is clear.

With school cancelled districtwide Wednesday, parents who would like to take their children trick-or-treating during the day should have an opportunity to get an early start.

Some residents who disagreed with the borough's decision to not reschedule the holiday took to social media to air their concerns.

"Stupid," one Patch reader commented. "Not safe enough to go to school, but ok to go Trick-or-Treating with downed wires and trees."

Others sided with the borough, saying that the decision whether or not to let a child trick-or-treat should be left up to the parents.


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Kathleen October 31, 2012 at 12:57 AM
It is rediculous that you are not thinking about the safety of our children with downed power lines and trees. As per Gov. Christie, all NJ towns need to comply with rescheduling Halloween. Why isn't Fair Lawn thinking about the safety for our children? I know it is to our discretion, but we do not want to disappoint our children by not taking them because we are putting their safety first.
Lily October 31, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Agreed with the reader. It's counterproductive. Would you stay home from school with a sore throat and go ice skating later that day? No. Exactly the same thing here. If it's not safe enough for us to travel to school, I don't think we should be going trick-or-treating either. Besides, I doubt people have been preparing for Halloween with the hurricane around here. I think they're just a bit more preoccupied with...oh you know, their flooded basements, or the fallen trees on their driveway, or the fallen wires, or the deaths of their relatives (god forbid). I love to go trick or treating just as much as the next high- schooler, but I think we have more important things to worry about then candy at the moment...
CEB October 31, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Disagree with this. Not safe for the kids and not polite to people stuck in their homes with no power. I have to work from home---with the schools closed---but Halloween is on so people will ring my bell all day long?. I do have kids who would be disspointed but too bad. Have a little common sense. At least avoid homes with no power--that means Radburn should not be the destination trick or treat zone this year (where our bells ring hundreds of times a day on Halloween).
BellairBerdan October 31, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Gov Christie is postponing Halloween by executive order. I wonder is our mayor ready to get a trashing like the mayor of Atlantic City did for disobeying the governor?
Maria October 31, 2012 at 01:30 AM
How ridiculous is this no school no power but let's have kids go out in this mess. Horrible call!!!!
C October 31, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Absolutely absurd. No power, no school, downed trees, downed power lines, but get my kids out trick or treating because the town says it's ok. I'll just wait and go to Paramus on Saturday. Thanks for setting a great example for our kids. When your boss says don't do something, you do it anyway just because you felt like it. I can't wait for Christie to blast Fair Lawn for this one. We will be in great company with Atlantic City.
julie October 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Great, No power now we have to worry about Paterson coming over to "Trick or Treat"
Interested Party October 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM
A lot of teens go trick or treating at night. How are they supposed to see downed wires? Halloween should be rescheduled to a time when it is safer.
Christina October 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I think it is perfectly fine ! You then people who want to have their kids stay home then just take them to another town that is postponing it. And we didn't postpone last years Halloween besides its like postponing Christmas or Hanukkah you just can't !
FairLawnMomma October 31, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Seriously? May wood moved to Saturday. I have branches dangling from my tree & no power till 11/5. Poor decision making - safety should come first!!! My kids will go to another town where people w common sense make decisions!!!! Change this decision before someone gets hurt!!! (like they really won't trick or treat @ night?)
Christina October 31, 2012 at 01:45 PM
What does that mean! People can do what ever they want I mean what a bought goosie night people still did that !
Kathy Moore October 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I just heard from a very good source that Halloween is cancelled for today.
Melanie Ruth November 01, 2012 at 12:07 PM
So now that the governor declared that trick-or-treating is no allowed to be on 10/31 and should be postponed, does that now mean that Fair Lawn just isn't doing it at all?


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