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UPDATED: Christie Moves Halloween to Monday

"Postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step" during post-Sandy cleanup, the governor says. Towns that have already moved Halloween can keep the new date.

Story updated 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Effective immediately, Halloween is postponed in New Jersey.

Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order declaring that no New Jersey town can hold trick-or-treating on Wedsnesday. If towns had planned to do so, they must move trick-or-treating and any public celebrations to Monday.

Towns that already moved trick-or-treating to another day other than Oct. 31 can keep their plans, but state officials are still suggesting Monday instead.

The West Caldwell website has posted an advisory about the governor's announcement to move trick-or-treating to Monday. Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing is reporting that the borough will also comply with the governor's recommendation.

“I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said in a statement. “In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and dangerous conditions abound even as our emergency management and response officials continue their work.

“As governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy – postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that.”

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