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Township Recommends Trick-Or-Treating on Sunday

Lower Merion did not take official action.

With widespread power outages, road obstructions and unsafe conditions still lingering, one of the biggest questions on the minds of Lower Merion residents the past few days has been: Will we still be trick-or-treating?

The township issued a statement early Wednesday afternoon suggesting that trick-or-treating be moved to Sunday evening, from 4 to 6 p.m. 

The full release is below.

Due to the continuing issues with downed trees and wires throughout our community, Lower Merion Township is recommending that parents postpone sending their children out for trick-or-treating tonight. While it is not within the Township’s authority to prohibit the observance of Halloween, public safety is our responsibility and the safety of our community – and in particular our children – is our first priority.

The Township recommends that Halloween be observed on Sunday, November 4th, between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. This will allow utility companies, public works crews and private contractors additional time to clear as much debris and wires as possible. Also, many homes are still without power and remain dark with unlit pathways.

Additionally, this will allow residents the maximum amount of time, including the whole weekend, to clean up their properties. This recommendation for an early trick-or-treat time of day is due to the ending of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday morning November 4th.

As the township has no official involvement in Halloween festivities, the release is just a suggestion.

Some Lower Merion neighborhoods have escaped Sandy relatively unscathed, and residents of those areas may have chosen to trick-or-treat Wednesday instead.

Narberth had its night of trick-or-treating on Wednesday. Mayor Tom Grady said all residents of neighboring towns were welcome to come.

Cass Weber October 31, 2012 at 06:23 PM
If trick or treating isn't going to happen on Halloween then why not make it Friday night? It will be before the time change and the kids won't have to worry about getting up early the next morning. Sunday doesn't make sense to me.
Thrine Oppo October 31, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Yeah... I will just have a bowl of candy ready today and Sunday. Better yet, every day. Anyone who wants some candy just come on by anytime!
kurt gutzler October 31, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Oh yes, Another timely and well thought out idea by Lower Merion...couple isssues here...obviously the people making this decision (or "recommendation") obviously don't have 5 to 10 year olds who have been chomping at the bit like vampires buried for 100 years to get out on the street and onto neighbors' porches. Why don't you all go to those houses and tell those little trick or treaters that Halloween is cancelled til Sunday?...Secondly, NOT EVERYONE in Lower Merion is dealing with weather related issues. I guess those making this recommendation feel that parents and guardians don't have the capacity to make make the right decision when it comes to the safety of their own children. As a life long resident of Ardmore, time was when we were hard core about Halloween...this is just another example of the coddling, babying wussification of the 1st generation of the 21st century.Thirdly, with all the sad, scary events of the past few days, when most little kids are experiencing something as dramatic as a hurricane for the 1st time, Halloween couldn't come at a better time to allow them to think of something fun and exciting ..to those making this recommendation, I say, in the spirit of the Halloween season and in the spirit of a true Philadelphia area resident Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
fed up October 31, 2012 at 11:41 PM
While they are at it, lets make Christmas and the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday. I guess when there are no real decisions to make, these inept elected officials have idle time to come up with these idiotic ideas.
kim November 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
So tired of nanny state mentality. Halloween was great in my neighborhood tonight These type of decisions should be left to the parents. The fact that this was discussed and released in a press release today by our township makes my eyes roll. Get over yourselves.
JEFFREY November 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Well, for one thing, those Lower Merion people you are talking about, the ones who were thinking of your children's safety, the same ones who have nothing to gain by suggesting making Sunday evening a better and SAFER night to go trick or treating, actually do have young children and even grandchildren. That said, it does have some merit, but for one thing, it was put out on a medium which has a very limited audience so the word did not get out to far and wide. Secondly, most of us have already committed our time and energy to making this night special for our children and can't make it ourselves on Sunday and finally, even though your heart is in the right place, you haven't contacted the general public for their opinions and to make a ruling like this without consulting those who have to partake in it, is wrong. Also, it's too late. Halloween is over and was safe for everyone in my neighborhood. Thanks for caring, L.M. authorities. I agree with the people who commented here but in a nicer way.
ilene November 01, 2012 at 12:47 PM
IT's a little late for this notification- don't you think? Since Halloween was last night! I had 50 kids come around! So what does this mean??? The kids are coming around Sunday as well???
Momcarin November 01, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Well our neighborhood was and is Dark no lights so we were going to go on Sunday. Is there a neighborhood that is open to having trick or treaters Sunday? I'd still like to take my little ones out.
pugsby@hotmail.com November 04, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Are there neighborhoods Trick or Treating today?
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Remember, he said due to the downed trees and power lines and the fact that many homes are still without power and are dark and it gave those with damage to clean up the yards, etc. adequately so the kids will be safer. Friday will still be in a clean up mode. So there you have the reasoning behind having the Halloween festivities on Sunday night.
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:39 AM
That's the spirit.
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:42 AM
It sounds like you don't care too much for the childrens' welfare here, now does it? Stop being a crybaby and get with the program of keeping our children safe. Maybe you didn't have any damage or loose power, but most of us did at one time or another from this storm. You can take it or leave it, but don't knock it.
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:44 AM
I'm glad to hear your neighborhood had a safe time trick or treating. However, don't sit in your high castle and tell others to get over it. You sound like a jack -ss instead of a caring adult about the children in other neighborhoods. The artlcle said it was a suggestion. You make it sound like it was a presidential proclamation. Grow up.
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:47 AM
I had a busy Halloween too and yes, they came back on Sunday night. I'd say about 50 % of them. Not sure if it were the same kids though.
JEFFREY November 06, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Hope you all had a good time Sunday night. Wise choice. Especially when the neighborhood was not safe on Halloween night. Keep up the good, commonsense vision.

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