Toms River Halloween Parade Postponed

Rescheduled date will be announced

The Toms River Halloween Parade has been postponed, fire officials announced Saturday.

A new date will be announced in the next couple of days.

Based on information available from emergency management and weather officials, Toms River Fire Co #1 has decded to postpone the Halloween parade.

The rescheduled date will be decided in the next couple of days. Additional information will be forwarded as soon as possible.

It wasn't the first time the Toms River Halloween Parade had been rescheduled.

The parade was planned for Oct. 31, the 75th parade. The event draws a large participation from the local community as well as visitors from around the world.

Parade Chairman Al McDaniel said that if the parade was to be rescheduled, the rain date of Nov. 1 would not likely be used.

"A damaging storm would mean fire department resources would be addressing storm response as the first priority," McDaniel said. "We'd be tied up with those issues and couldn't devote the manpower to a parade."

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Parent of TR October 28, 2012 at 07:16 AM
What about the hard working parents that spent money on costumes that kids won't be able to wear if they don't pick a new date for trick or treat ... I'd rather them cancel the parade!!!
BJ Rosenzweig October 28, 2012 at 09:28 AM
Never heard of making costumes? I don't think I ever had a store bought one when I was growing up. With my parents worked but still made time to help us make costumes. None of my nieces or nephews have had store bought either. Not to hard to make a costume. And if kids don't use them thus year think of the money you save next year with not having to buy one.
Busy_Mom October 28, 2012 at 12:15 PM
I agree. Trick or treat on Halloween! My kids are only worried about one thing in this storm... When will they be able to trick or treat? We will just wait and see. If we can get out there 10/31, we will even if it's only to a few houses in our neighborhood. I also perfer to t and t in our own neighborhood, or that of a friends. I would NOT park in a random area and send my kids out.
Michelle W. October 28, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Unfortunately, we don't even know what state this town is going to be in after the storm is over. If we are without power and flooding, it wouldn't be safe anyway. Believe me, my four year old is disappointed, but I am figuring out someway to make it fun for her still.
BN October 28, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Bingo! It won't be safe. People will be busy with yard cleanup (or worse). There will be no power, and costumes will provide perfect cover for meth heads to force their way in and rob you blind. Cancel it all and be thankful your kids are still alive.
John V October 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Hopefully they cancel the parade permanently. I'm tired of the Fire Commisioners and firefighters in this town wasting my tax dollars on frivious things like a parade. I pay for FIRE PROTECTION not a parade.
Pamela D October 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
you're such a grinch yuck!
tina October 28, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I agree with all the comments on hear, but the children don't understand exactly Wats goin on! they are confused, scared and wondering were they are goin to be in the next couple of days.. It is sad that all the preparation that we go through for the kids on that one day that only happens once a year is going to be destroyed by this storm.. To worry about a parade is just redic.. But I do agree that we should make the best of it for our kids!!!
BN October 28, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Abbott graduate?
NJ Mom October 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Aren't there more important things to worry about than if there is trick or treat or the parade? I have kids...and I am not overly concerned about whether they can march in the parade or wear their costumes right now. Priorities people.
Linda Molinaro October 28, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I am more concerned about not being able to vote in the election than the parade or trick or treating. However, I have lived in Toms River since the 80's and feel that trick or treating should be on Halloween. It confused me when I was a new resident of the town. I didn't realize trick or treating was the day before Halloween until trick or treaters came knocking on my door and I was unprepared with no candy. I thought how dumb is this to hold a parade on Halloween and change trick or treat day. I agree with the person who said Trick or Treating on Halloween should be the tradition and the parade date should change. Anyway the storm and the election are what's really important right now. That's where the focus should be. I say trick or treat when the weather clears regardless of when the parade is. Don't show up for the parade when they figure out the new date. That'll show em!
BN October 28, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Let's be like Maoist China and do everything just like everyone else. Keep the parade on the 31st and do away with trick-or-treating. Who are you to demand I give your kids free candy once a year?
suz October 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Nice to hear from a mom who has her priorities in the right place. So what if there is no trick or treat this year! Kids will need to learn that life is not all candy and fun. A good lesson to teach them, no?
NJ Mom October 28, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Well suz, in the middle of a hurricane, honestly I don't need to worry about candy and the parade! When the storm clears, we will march in the parade and yell Trick or Treat and get tons of candy with the best of them :-) I love Halloween and the timing of the storm stinks, but it will be rescheduled...not a big issue!
John Frost October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
How are you all going to trick or treat when you are all dead?
John Frost October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM
The rapture is coming.
Cardinal October 29, 2012 at 01:31 AM
AndRepublicansStillDontBelieveNGlobalWarming, Just what does it take before they do?
Toms River Marksmen October 29, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Its really sad how the parents live through there children, the parade is a childs entertainment and these parents treat it like its the end of the world. Oh well you little kid acting parents wait until next year I am sure you will be ok.....
gregg Hinlicky October 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Listen to you curmudgeons. Lighten up and take your kids trick or treating on the 31st, like the rest of the country.
don October 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Will, Tradition be damned!!! It could be the biggest if it were scheduled the day before Halloween because all the kids and parents from the other local communities that are actually trick or treating on the real All Hallow Saints Eve could attend the parade. Now isn't that a novel idea??
Boo BOO October 31, 2012 at 01:44 PM
IT's Trick or Treat. Sorry, kids and parents. This year is the year of tricks and no treats. HAPPY HELLOWEEN.
Sas Quash November 01, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Trick or Treat. Smell my feet. Good to eat. Happy Halloween. Now eat that whole bag of candy that you bought.
Sas Quash November 01, 2012 at 01:58 AM
So was the Halloween Parade cancalled in New York City. So what to do now? I'm sure there will be some post Halloween celebrations at various establishments. This is another 21st century glitch just like Y2K. Welcome to the Millennium.
Sas Quash November 01, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Due to Hurricane Sandy, the new date the parade will be scheduled will be on November 31st. Happy Halloween.
Sas Quash November 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
There is always use for the candy on Thanksgiving or Xmas. Why not get ahead start on the Xmas Shopping. Better yet, save the candy for those long lines at Black Friday.
NRyan November 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Allow me to explain that there are some in the parade that merely dress up in costume and march around and wave, yes we understand it is fun but it can be lived without. HOWEVER, there are also groups composed of teens and children who have REHEARSED choreographed dance numbers specifically for this parade. There are groups who have been working since the summer or even earlier perfecting said numbers or building floats that cost a ton of money and energy and HARD WORK. These kids and teens worked hard and stayed out of trouble because of the extra-curricular activities this parade had to offer; whether rehearsing or building. It would be terrifying to see all of their hard work go to waste! Is it the end of the world, no. Is it upsetting to see some not care about the effort put in to entertaining the public through the arts in a tradition going 75 years strong? Absolutely. Yes it is understood that there are those that lost many things because of the hurricane and our prayers go out to them, nonetheless, hard work is still hard work, and it at least deserves the satisfaction of showing it to the public so rescheduling the parade is essential. So do not dare to tell others what their priorities should and should not be.
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Tina Cross November 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
They should reschedule both. I only let my little ones go to houses of people I know not strangers. In my town they "claim" they had Halloween on Monday but we still didn't even have electricity . No was thinking about it then. It was so stupid and no one even came to my house or we didn't even see anyone in costumes. So if you do reschedule send out flyers and be organized so everyone knows. They should wait til children are back in school and this way the kids an have their Halloween parties and trick or treat when they get home.  And I hope they reschedule the parade because at least the kids will have at least that if they don't reschedule trick or treat. They can us the funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief funds. Just an idea=) 
sha November 09, 2012 at 01:47 AM
National Guard, volunteers, donations for the homeless living in shelters, music telethon for Red Cross, FEMA, people's homes washed into the ocean......and you're worried about a parade? Seriously?
ginger November 12, 2012 at 08:59 AM
I totally agree and my daughter was due to march in it...Halloween is OVER sadly we are now on to thanksgiving and christmas..Children worked hard practicing and building floats BUT they have to also learn the idea of dissapointment..It happens its part of life and lessons learned about life..I LOVE the parade but sadly mother nature took it away,,IS what it is..Too many other emergency stuff to deal with


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