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UPDATE: When is Trick-or-Treating in My Area?

Some municipalities have recommended that residents postpone trick-or-treating until the weekend in the wake of Hurricane Sandy clean up efforts. Here's the list of who is and who isn't having Halloween tonight.

As if the damage and stress caused by Hurricane Sandy wasn't enough for our area this week, many parents are being made frantic all over again by changing Halloween plans. The kids are ready for their candy, but is it safe for them to go out?

Several local municipalities have issued recommendations that residents postpone their trick-or-treating to give crews time to clear streets and make the area as safe as possible. Other municipalities have decided that's not their call.

In fact, Halloween trick-or-treating isn't managed or regulated by any local, state or federal body (though New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reportedly jokingly tweeted that, "If conditions are not safe on Wednesday for Trick or Treating, I will sign an Executive Order rescheduling.") The act of giving candy to children dressed up for Halloween is a neighborly pursuit. While Patch urges residents to consider their children's safety and heed their local governments warnings, residents are free to trick-or-treat whenever they wish. Or as one Facebook commentor put it on Tuesday:

"Because we live in the United States, you are allowed to go outside wearing a costume and to knock on your neighbors' doors to ask for candy. You are allowed to do this tomorrow. You are allowed to do this on January 9, April 21 and July 13. Tomorrow is merely the day when people are least likely to wonder what is wrong with you."

In any case, here's a list of what local municipalities have recommended for their residents in regards to Halloween trick-or-treating tonight:

  • Norristown – Postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5-8 p.m. (P.U.P.S. will be handing out candy at Selma Mansion on Saturday from 5-7 p.m.)
  • West Norriton – Postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5-8 p.m.
  • East Norriton – Postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday, Nov. 3.
  • King of Prussia – Postpone trick-or-treating until Friday, Nov. 2.
  • Bridgeport – No postponement. Trick-or-treating tonight.
  • Plymouth – No postponement. Trick-or-treating tonight.
  • Conshohocken – No postponement. Trick-or-treating tonight.
  • Lower Providence  – Postpone trick-or-treating until Friday, Nov. 2.
  • Whitpain  – No postponement. Trick-or-treating tonight. The township is also inviting parents to bring their children in costume to Wentz Run Park on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. for a Halloween parade and free candy.
Kristin Rosko Pappanastasiou October 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
What about whitpain township? I emailed them and have not gotten a response! My kids won't stop asking!
James Myers (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Just talked to Whitpain. They're making a determination and will announce their decision this afternoon.
amy October 31, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Any news about lansdale area
nina October 31, 2012 at 03:40 PM
What about Horsham?
Leila Billich October 31, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Plymouth Whitemarsh & Lower Prov moved to Friday
amber October 31, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I'm so confused so it plymouth meeting trick or treating tonight or on Friday and what times?
James Myers (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Plymouth is trick-or-treating tonight. They didn't specify any times. I expect anytime after 6 p.m. would be good to give people time to get home from work.
Julie Chamberlain Knapp October 31, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Governor Christie DID postpone Halloween. No joke. So even in American you CAN'T trick or treat when you want.
Adrianna Perez October 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Norristown wil b on sat
James Myers (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Clarification on Whitemarsh: http://plymouthwhitemarsh.patch.com/articles/whitemarsh-twp-celebrate-halloween-when-you-feel-it-s-safe I talked to police at Plymouth Township this morning who told me they have no plans to recommend postponing trick-or-treating.
amber October 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Thank u very much!
Lisette October 31, 2012 at 07:55 PM
East Norriston and West Norriton moved to Saturday
Ed Montoute October 31, 2012 at 10:13 PM
I'm heading out in a few with the kiddies. I'll let you know how it was when we get back!
lauren October 31, 2012 at 10:22 PM
what about regents park townhouses? Theres no down trees, we have power..
C Simpson Hall October 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Regents Park is in West Norriton. Halloween will be celebrated Saturday between 5pm and 8pm. NASD made a call to parents today at 10am postponing Halloween for East & West Norriton and Norristown til Sat. We live in Regents park and there is a light pole down (Norrington & Rafter by the culdesac) and some trees, one of which smashed a car on Treetop. Luckily no one was hurt as it was parked in front of her house not on the street. The light pole on Norrington fell and hit a Comcast box and that is why the cable (if you have Comcast) was out.
C Simpson Hall October 31, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Should have said that's where we live too! :)
C Simpson Hall October 31, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Visitation BVM on Trooper Road was closed today due to no power. Also be careful if you frequently take Amy Lane from Trooper Rd. over to Valley Forge Road aka 363. Today at 4pm we cut through there heading to the Walgreens on Ridge Pike and realized a friggin HUGE pine tree had half fallen and was resting on the wires above the road just as as we drove under it!
Barbara C. November 01, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I live in Regent's Park and I was feeling so lucky that nothing happened. Sorry to hear that a tree did fall on someone's car. Traffic light was out at the entrance tonight. Do you know what happened there?

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