Hoboken cancels Halloween parade, prohibits block parties, trick-or-treating still allowed


The City of Hoboken has cancelled their annual Halloween Ragamuffin Parade, as well as prohibiting block parties, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though trick-or-treating will still be permitted.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Given the challenges of Halloween taking place during the pandemic, we are also taking precautions to keep residents as safe as possible and reducing scenarios where COVID-19 is more likely to spread,” Mayor Ravi Bhalla said in a Nixle alert last night, also noting that open streets would be cancelled and indoor house parties are discouraged for Halloween.

As far as trick-or-treating goes, the mayor recommends that families follow guidelines issues for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but ultimately those decisions rest with them.

“Given these CDC guidelines, the most common question I am receiving is if trick-or-treating is going to be prohibited in Hoboken? The short answer is no,” Bhalla began.

“I believe this is a choice parents and families will be making with the most up to date information on the pandemic and infection rates available that we provide on a weekly basis, among other factors.”

He further stated that his preference is to avoid trick-or-treating, instead suggesting activities such as pumpkin carving and decorating, a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt at home, a virtual costume contest, and coordinating with schools to wear costumes on designated days.

For those who did decide to take their Halloween festivities beyond their household, the mayor advises wearing a face mask, going out with family members only, sticking to your local block or neighborhood, and coordinating with neighbors.

Additionally, the city will be hosting for Halloween-themed Movies Under the Stars between October 29th and October 31st, with the features to be determined, as well as a virtual costume contest.