It's not goblins and ghouls that are haunting the streets this Halloween. Downed wires and trees continue littering several streets in West Orange, forcing officials with no other choice but to cancel Halloween.
Mayor Robert Parisi announced Monday afternoon the township would postpone trick-or-treating and reschedule the event for Nov. 7.
With roughly 50 percent of the township without power, Parisi said not enough progress had been made. "We don't think enough headway will be made by tonight," Parisi told Patch.
Other towns, (Summit, Chatham and Nutley among them) have postponed Halloween and moved trick-or-treating to Nov. 4.
In and officials also urged caution but did not postpone the event. Maplewood is still hosting its parade and costume contest as planned.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. said every municipality in the county was affected by the storm. He also warned trick-or-treaters should be careful of downed wires and parents should consider having their children trick-or-treat at safe havens, rather than door-to-door.
Anthony Puglisi, spokesman for the county, said Turtle Back Zoo remained closed today and did not have power. County officials announced the Howl-o-ween event was cancelled today.
PSEG advised residents to stay indoors for safety and said many downed wires may not be visible at night. In a statement, PSEG urged residents to consider every wire "live" and to avoid touching anything. To report downed wire call 1-800-436-PSEG.