COVID doesn’t spook Glen Rock trick-or-treaters


Glen Rock cheerleaders provide way to communicate trick-or-treating status.

by Jack Strawhorn, Business Development & Marketing Manager

Halloween is a time of year that millions of children across the country look forward to.  Going trick-or-treating with friends creates memories that children will be able to keep forever. However, will trick-or-treating happen this year? As COVID-19 cases surge in Bergen County, going from doorstep to doorstep receiving candy is concerning to many health conscious parents.

There is no official law banning Halloween for this year, however, it has been made clear nationwide that going out puts yourself at high-risk. According to Governor Phil Murphy, trick-or-treaters should limit the number of houses on their route while staying as socially distanced as possible. After asking several parents if they are going to let their children trick-or-treat around Glen Rock, almost all gave their approval.

 “I do not want my children to miss out on the memories of going trick-or-treating with their friends,” said high school parent William Kennedy. 

When asked if they were concerned about letting their children go out, the results were different. Many of the parents said they were nervous, but they prioritize seeing their children have fun. 

While there are a lot of people looking forward  to continuing the trick or treating tradition, there are also several people who do not want to take part this year. One concern expressed by many is how children will be able to differentiate the houses that would like to have trick or treaters with those that would not. In an effort to solve this problem, the Glen Rock cheerleaders are selling lawn signs that say “trick or treaters are welcome.” 

Glen Rock mother, Holly Murphy, says she will be purchasing a sign and can’t wait to have trick-or-treaters.

It is definitely not an ideal Halloween this year, and a lot of work is going to be required to make it a successful holiday. To pull this off, people will need to be vigilant, follow safety protocols and keep their distance in order to prevent a further COVID-19 outbreak in Glen Rock.