While many neighborhoods in many municipalities are without power, Halloween and trick or treating is still a go for many towns.
Here are the towns celebrating trick or treating this evening:
- Hatfield Township/Hatfield Borough
- North Wales Borough
- Montgomery Township
- Souderton Borough
- Perkasie Borough
- Upper Gwynedd Township
Towamencin Township has postponed its trick or treating to Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., due to many residents being without electricity.
Lower Salford Township, which encompasses Harleysville, has suggested families postpone trick or treating to Saturday, Nov. 3, if there are hazards in their neighborhoods.
"Under normal conditions, the township does not regulate the timing of trick or treat and therefore leaves the decision to the parents of those children taking part in this activity. Due to the timing of this message, it should be expected that residents may experience trick or treaters both evenings," wrote Lower Salford Township Manager Joe Czajkowski to Lansdale Patch.
All municipalities caution residents to be cautious when trick or treating this evening. For instance:
Upper Gwynedd Township is announcing that any outdoor activity should be done with extreme caution. Many neighborhoods in Upper Gwynedd and surrounding communities are still without power. Therefore, there are electric power lines down that may not be visible at night or may be covered by fallen leaves or debris. This condition will continue to exist for several days.
In fact, Halloween trick-or-treating isn't managed or regulated by any local, state or federal body.
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."
Stay tuned for more updates.
Norristown Patch editor James Myers contributed to this story.