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.

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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