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.