Trick or treat! Most heed Christie's edict postponing Halloween

Andrew and Kristy Dymond, of Cinnaminson, out and about Wednesday night with their kids, Batman and Snow White.
Andrew and Kristy Dymond, of Cinnaminson, out and about Wednesday night with their kids, Batman and Snow White. (MORGAN ZALOT / DAILY NEWS STAFF)
Posted: November 01, 2012

HALLOWEEN in South Jersey was pretty much a bust, thanks to Gov. Christie's decree postponing trick-or-treating in the Garden State until Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.

Streets throughout Camden and Burlington counties were eerily quiet Wednesday night, as most South Jersey families apparently heeded the governor's order to keep kids inside.

In signing his executive order Wednesday postponing the holiday, Christie said that he sought "to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy."

Some Pennsylvania municipalities, including several throughout Bucks County, also postponed their Halloween - at least one of them until next Wednesday.

In Philadelphia, however, officials took a hands-off approach.

"I'm not in charge of Halloween," Mayor Nutter said. "It's October 31st; it's Halloween. Go put on a costume, have a good time."

In South Jersey, one family of four in Cinnaminson had a trick up its sleeves for the executive order. About 6 p.m., they bucked the trend by making their way down an otherwise-deserted Church Road, the kids decked out in costumes.

"I didn't have the heart to tell him it wasn't Halloween," said Kristy Dymond, 33, as her 4-year-old son, A.J., skipped around her ecstatically, peeking through his mask and grinning.

"He's been asking, 'How much longer till Halloween?' " she said.

So, despite a message on their answering machine from the township telling them not to take the kids out trick-or-treating, Kristy and Andrew Dymond dressed A.J. as Batman and their 1-year-old daughter, Natalie, as Snow White, and hit the streets.

"The storm's over. It's just like every other night," said Andrew Dymond, 33. "Are they gonna cancel Christmas because of a snowstorm?"

The Dymonds said that they were surprised to see no one else out trick-or-treating. Neighbors in most houses where they knocked, they said, were prepared with treats and glad to see the kids dressed up and enjoying the holiday.

"The government should not tell people when they can or can't go out," Andrew Dymond said. "We can't be the only people that think it's ridiculous the government is telling people's kids they can't go out on Halloween."

- Staff writer Andrew Eiser

contributed to this report.


Contact Morgan Zalot at zalotm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5928. Follow her on Twitter @morganzalot. Read her blog at PhillyConfidential.com.

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