Chatham Township Mayor Nicole Hagner and Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris originally postponed house-to-house trick-or-treating to Saturday, Nov. 3, but Gov. Chris Christie later moved Halloween observations to Monday, Nov. 5.
The announcement comes in the wake of Tropical Storm Sandy, which felled trees and power lines throughout the two towns.
"If parents permit children to trick or treat they should exercise caution, supervise the children and allow them to be out only during daylight hours," the mayors said in a joint statement released Tuesday.
All wires down in the towns should be considered energized, and residents should stay away. Residents are cautioned not to approach any wires or trees touching wires, since electricity could be conducted through the ground, especially as the ground remains wet from rain.
Other safety tips Hagner and Harris issued are:
- Do not walk along streets without sidewalks or with sidewalks blocked by trees, tree limbs or utility lines.
- Wear reflective clothing and stay on the shoulder of the road or as close to the shoulder as possible.