It's one of the most eagerly-anticipated - and often misread - of any annual decision by Toms River Township officials: When is Trick Or Treat this year?

Trick or Treaters (courtesy Toms River Public Information)

And the answer is Sunday, October 30, in order to avoid conflict with the Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31.

The decision was reached jointly by members of Mayor Tom Kelaher's administration, the township fire companies and the Police Department.

"We want children to be come to the parade with their families but still enjoy the time honored tradition of trick-or-treating," Kelaher said in prepared remarks.

Jack O'Lanterns (courtesy Toms River Public Information)

The township has no regulated curfew, but Police Chief Mitch Little suggests that Trick Or Treaters wrap up the fun by 9 PM. And, he has a few more safety recommendations.

"On October 30th, motorists should be aware and drive with extra caution," LIttle said ."We advise parents to accompany children or have kids trick-or-treat in groups, always carry a flashlight for safety, stay on sidewalks or as close to the curb as possible and only go to houses where the porch lights are on." And, as always, report any suspicious activity to police.

See details about the parade at the Toms River Fire Company One site.

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