MOORESTOWN, NJ — This year’s Halloween parade in Moorestown has been canceled due to an overall concern about the coronavirus pandemic and the ability to keep people safe, parade organizer Annette McGuire said Wednesday night.
McGuire told Patch the parade was canceled two days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday released guidance for the holiday, saying traditional trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, parties, hayrides and haunted houses should be avoided.
She said the statement from the CDC had no influence on the decision made locally to cancel the parade.
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The CDC’s statement covered a range of activities, ranking them from high risk to low-risk, but parades were not among the activities mentioned in the CDC guidance.
Gov. Phil Murphy has given his OK to allow Halloween activities to happen, including trick-or-treating. Read more: Gov. Murphy: Halloween In NJ Can Proceed Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Last week, members of Moorestown Council said publicly that trick-or-treating in the township was not canceled, dispelling rumors going around that it had been. Read more here: Moorestown Looks To Dispel Halloween Cancellation Rumors
Communities across the state are still determining what to do for Halloween. In Toms River, the popular Halloween parade has been canceled. Read more: 2020 Toms River Halloween Parade Canceled Over Coronavirus
But Edison is taking online registrations for its "Halloween Costume Parade" that is happening on Saturday, October 24th. The event is expected to be socially distanced.
With reporting by Tom Davis