Will Sandy Cancel Trick or Treating?

Doylestown Borough officials said they have no authority over trick-or-treating, so the decision is up to parents.

UPDATE Wed. 11:20 a.m.

Warrington Township has postponed Trick or Treating until Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2 pm - 5 pm.

Buckingham Township is not postponing Trick or Treating. The neighborhoods of Devonshire and Cold Spring Hunt plan to go tonight, Supervisor Jon Forest said.

Doylestown Township "Nobody's cancelling trick or treating," said Supervisor Barb Lyons. "It's going to be a neighborhood by neighborhood decision."

The neighborhood of Doylestown Lea reportedly has decided to postpone Trick or Treating until Friday.


Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in Bucks County and closed schools and business.

But kids around Doylestown had only one question on their minds on Tuesday.

What about Trick or Treating?

But those who are looking for an answer from local officials won't find much of one in the Doylestown area.

Some municipalities do designate a particular night for Trick or Treating, but Doylestown Borough, at least, isn't one of them.

Borough government does not have authority over when children trick-or-treat, leaders said. John Davis, who has been borough manager since 1994, said he can't remember borough officials ever getting involved with trick or treat night.

Borough Council president Det Ansinn said Tuesday it is up to parents to decide whether to send their children out trick or treating.

"It's been a popular question today, but my understanding is that trick or treating is on Wednesday, like usual," Ansinn said. "Certainly folks should be cautious and only go out if they feel it's safe to do so, but that decision is up to them."

In some cases, neighborhoods themselves can decide whether to go ahead with or postpone trick or treating. Some, in particular those with homeowners' associations or similar organizations, may find it easy to communicate amongst each other and choose a better date, if warranted.

We will reach out to other Doylestown-area municipalities on Wednesday when offices are expected to reopen for further guidance.

If anyone has information regarding trick-or-treating in your particular municipality or neighborhood, please post it in the comments to let others know.

Christa October 31, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Am I the only one that thinks it's a shame our elected officials won't help in unifying the borough? Sounds to me like nobody wants to take this responsibilty. Yes, it may not be high on their priority list but it would really help if there were some sort of unified guidance.
Denise Jordan October 31, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Trick or treating should be mandated to be the Friday before Halloween with a rain date of the following Friday so that the kids can enjoy their evening and have the next day off!! Just my 2 cents!
Kerri October 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Why is other towns can come togother and make it another day ? And we can't ? It's the kids suffering ! How very un fair . It's not that hard to just say ok halloween is on Friday night !
jenise voelcker October 31, 2012 at 12:07 PM
We should never mandate a day that isnt halloween thats stupid sorry but in this situation maybe a diffrent night should be considered.
Judy Dee October 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM
What's the big deal to always have a standard alternate date for Halloween due to inclement weather? It's for the kids to enjoy. All they have to do is put it on TV in the crawl the way they do school closings. The kids wait all year for this night. Let them enjoy it and be safe out there!!!
Jona franklin October 31, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Wow! I'm thinkin that the boro can certainly spearhead a 'sigfested' might for trick or treating as a way to offer cocos and certainty for the community..... And also have no direct mandate or liability! I would love to see them offer that leadership and help to our boro : )
Jona franklin October 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Aw geez!!!! NOT COCOS!!! .....FOCUS..... How funny! Sorry!!!
Jona franklin October 31, 2012 at 01:12 PM
And suggested, not suggested ...... My thumbs and my iPhone aren't plating well together today!
Jeff Lugar October 31, 2012 at 01:18 PM
How are the "kids suffering"? Halloween hasn't been cancelled. You just go out tonight, like usual.
Sarah Larson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 03:17 PM
You mean "playing"? LOL I wondered if auto-correct had gotten the best of you! No worries - we're all under a little strain. :)
Sarah Larson (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 03:17 PM
A reader reports on our Facebook page that Doylestown Lea neighborhood in Doylestown Township is trick or treating on Friday. Does anyone else know of neighborhoods rescheduling?
Marlene4Dtown October 31, 2012 at 06:23 PM
One main obstacle is how to notify parents. Schools are closed, so many without power, without email, without phones. We have many many residents pleading that Trick or Treating NOT be changed and that the children be allowed a sense of returning to normalcy. Given that we can't postpone the holiday, we are doing all we can to remind folks of dangers and to use their own judgement. Some neighborhoods are organizing door to door to reschedule for another day. Also some folks think that Borough Council can change the trick or treating time. Due to our important Sunshine Act which ensures government transparency and accountability, we cannot simply make decisions without advertising public meetings to openly discuss and vote on them. Local merchants in the boro are doing trick or treating in town tonight - look for pumpkin decals on doors and windows (until 6pm). Stay safe out there whatever folks do.
William Coll October 31, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Green Valley Way off of Bristol Road is doing Halloween this Friday night. Spread the word.
Gail Redman October 31, 2012 at 07:35 PM
So, the kids will not know which night they are supposed to go trick or treating and Doylestown borough will not help clear up the confusion. It's bad enough we are without power. It's really not safe with so many houses not having lights.
bdh October 31, 2012 at 07:51 PM
This is a straight-up cop-out. Somehow the entire country knows that the State of New Jersey has postponed trick or treating. Leaders need to lead instead of issuing statements designed only to avoid their own liability and responsibility. Trick or treating tonight in most of the borough is UNSAFE. Period.
V. Reid October 31, 2012 at 09:22 PM
I thnk Halloween should be postponed to Sat. Why is it so hard for county official to just put this out on the local news channels. We still have trees down in so many areas. Wires have been loosened and could fall at anytime. Why put children in harms way after dark. It's a no brainer. North wales, Pa
Mike Herman October 31, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I was curious what Patriots Ridge is doing. I don't want to be old miser on the street that doesn't give out candy on the appropriate night. I mean the whole neighborhood is dark and I have a decent amount of stairs on my street. I worry for the safety of the kids.
Teena Murphy October 31, 2012 at 11:54 PM
I think Halloween is Halloween and thats Oct 31st. Just like you wouldnt change Christmas or Hanukkah why would you change Trick or Treating. People plan for this night and this night alone. If you nervous about street debris go mall trick or treating. Im not gonna wonder if were getting kids tonight, friday or sat night. I ecpect it this evening and thats it. This demanding govt to step in is pathetic. Parents need to decide if and how to take their kids on the correct designated night.
jenise voelcker November 01, 2012 at 12:32 AM
HALLOWEEN IS OFFICIALLY FRIDAY NIGHT THIS YEAR WHOS IN? I LIVE IN THE BOROUGH HAVE YOUR CANDY READY AND ILL HAVE MINE..I didnt take my four year old out tonight because of all the uncertainty. Sounds like more and more folks are getting there power back ours is still out keeping my fingers crossed...stay safe first thing first.
Beth Brennan November 01, 2012 at 01:15 AM
We are trick or treating in Pebble Woods on Friday.
Jane November 01, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Some of the older kids who came to my door tonight went out of their way to say thank you for giving candy tonight, with everything going on. The little ones were cute. I'm glad they came around, it was a return to a sense of normalcy. They put a smile on my face.
Denise November 01, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Also wondering About patriot ridge? I have lbs of candy I don't want to end up eating and no trick or treaters tonight!
Dave November 01, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Its unsafe to trick or treat tonight...still many trees+wires down and no power. Let the kids have a halloween night on fri or sat so they don't feel like they've missed out
Krby November 01, 2012 at 04:26 AM
In Newtown they said it was postponed but nobody listened. We were overwhelmed with car fulls of children who came to our neighborhood because we have power. They had rescheduled it for next week but kids are planning on revisiting houses to get double the candy. I didn't think we would get many kids and who knows what next week will be like. It is crazy...people want it postponed but then there is no way to get everybody on the same page.
Keith November 02, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Woodfield Estates in Jamison was lucky enough to have power, and we were glad to see so many kids from other neighborhoods where power issues were still ongoing. All were welcomed and mucho candy was collected. The "haunted garage" put on by local kids drew almst 200 visitors, many from other areas. It was a great night.
Trish Younger-Daze Christner November 02, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Hi Teena, I know many people that won't celebrate a holiday unless everyone is available. My ex-husband's step mother (an LPN) would not allow anyone to celebrate anything without her (LOL) so Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and all holidays were held the Sunday after the holiday when she was not at work. Also a few years ago when my friend's husband was in Iraq, they saved all Autumn and Winter holidays for his return that January. Yes, everyone in his family had their trees up while he was away, but no one truly celebrated until he was home on 1/20/03. We actually did everything on January 25th It was so cute!!! We dressed up in Halloween costumes (nothing extravagant), had a Thanksgiving dinner, opened presents while listening to Christmas CD's, and drank champagne at midnight(his parents had recorded New Year's Rockin' Eve!). It was so nice for all of his family and friends to come together for him. We actually just got all of our stuff turned back on today. A lot of people are still without power/water/etc. and I for one think it would be nice for the little ones to have safety above all else when they go out. From your posting, it sounds as if you were not hit, but CBSD and MBIT have been closed all week and will be closed again tomorrow due to the damage.
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