Halloween in Princeton will not be the same this year. Typically, Princeton has been a fun destination for local area families and hordes of visitors to trick or treat and celebrate a safe and friendly Halloween.
However, the rising rate of covid-19 transmissions now makes the crowds we normally welcome, an usafe endeavor. State and local guidance designed to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, also currently restricts large indoor and outdoor gatherings. These restrictions would apply to hundreds or possibly thousands of visitors we see every Halloween in the Franklin, Moore, and Jefferson St. communities and the Ettl Farm area.
The Municipality of Princeton, the Princeton Board of Health, Princeton Health Department, Princeton Police Department and the Princeton Office of Emergency Management are all urging Halloween revelers and trick or treaters to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in lieu of traditional costume masks, and to respect the wishes of residents who turn off their porch lights and chose not to participate in this year’s activities. The Challenges of this pandemic are not pleasant, but they are easy to apply and adapt to and they are necessary to keep residents safe by limiting community spread of Covid-19. We encourage people to share their fun ideas, not the virus. You can download the covid checker tracking app from www.nj.gov to track covid cases. Also visit https://princetoncovid.org/the-latest/testing/ to see the latest information on covid testing.