Shamong Halloween and trick or treating information and safety tips

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Halloween is Monday, Oct. 31. Shamong does not have specific hours of trick or treating, however the township does ask residents to be considerate of each other and suggest all trick or treating is completed by 9 p.m.

According to township administrator Susan Onorato, the township also encourages trick or treaters to carry flashlights and/or wear bright colored clothing to be more visible to drivers. Also, drivers are reminded to be aware of children who will be trick or treating and drive cautiously this Halloween.

The following are some additional Halloween safety tips to ensure that children and families are safe during Halloween:

  • Children should stay within familiar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish a route for children.
  • Children should use flashlights and stay on sidewalks and children should cross the street at corners / crosswalks and not between parked cars.
  • Children should never go into homes — stay on the porch or stoop when asking for treats. Children should never talk to strangers or get into strangers’ cars.
  • Children should travel in small groups and be accompanied by parents or an authorized adult chaperone.
  • Children should know their home phone number and their parents’ cell phone numbers, when applicable. Children should also have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.
  • Children should bring home treats before eating them so parents can inspect them.
  • Parents should inspect all candy and other treats before they are eaten. Discard all unwrapped or loosely wrapped candy or fruit. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Adults should only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.
  • Adults should keep porch lights on and their driveways illuminated and homeowners should ensure that their walkways are cleared of debris on which children may trip and fall.
  • Motorists should drive slowly and watch carefully for children.

Seneca High School will have an indoor safe trick or treat again this Halloween. It is for students in fourth grade or lower. They are welcome to come from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Students are invited to walk around the halls of Seneca while accompanied by an adult to collect candy from various rooms sponsored by the clubs of Seneca. In an effort to promote community service, those participating are asked to bring one nonperishable food item as a donation to local families. Particularly the school is requesting pasta, soup, cereal, oatmeal, canned fruit, tuna fish, granola bars and macaroni and cheese.