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Trick-or-Treating Postponed to Saturday

Ongoing recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy forced the township to announce that trick-or-treating will take place Saturday afternoon.

One of the lingering questions over the past few days have finally been answered.

Township Manager Rich Manfredi has confirmed with Patch that Halloween trick-or-treating has been postponed in Warminster to Saturday afternoon, 2-5 p.m.

Manfredi said that as of mid-day Tuesday, 8,400 homes were without power following Hurricane Sandy's destructive impact on the region. Trees, branches and other debris littered the neighborhoods of Warminster, causing several road closures. The afternoon trick-or-treating will provide enough light to allow children to trick-or-treat safely.

victor pagan October 31, 2012 at 02:32 PM
nobody cares here in warminster we got alot of wind some trees down n some power out we gt that in a thunder storm so i dont wanna hear shit. n nobodys worried about helping the disaster relief cuz there is no disaster here WE WANT HALLOWEEN
CyD252 October 31, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Well, kids trick-or-treating on our street tonight will have a rough time of it. Once the sun goes down, it's nearly pitch black. House lights will be off, so it's your guess as to whether anyone is home. And if there is someone home, they may not choose to open the door, since they won't be able to see you on their porch. There are lines (cable, phone, possibly electrical) on the sidewalks and lawns. Not to mention thousands of branches strewn everywhere. Next to my house, there's a very large hole where a tree pulled its roots out of the ground. You'll want to avoid falling into that.
se0326 October 31, 2012 at 03:28 PM
I just don't think sat 2-5 is a fair time. I have two children who will be at a football/cheerleading till 5 so they will miss Halloween all together. We have 6 children and we will all be at the game as a family so none of them will be able to participate on sat. I will allow my children to go out tonight and we will play it safe. Good luck to all.
CyD252 October 31, 2012 at 03:32 PM
So, take them after the game. They're *encouraging* people to trick-or-treat during daylight hours. But as long as they're waiting until Saturday, at least they can count on neighborhoods being illuminated. The important thing is that they not risk going out tonight - at least, not in areas that lack power, or haven't been cleaned of most debris.
Debby Peters October 31, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Is this the same for Ivyland Boro/Township as well?
Cynthia Aker October 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
sO HOW ARFE WE SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHICH PEOPLE ARE GIVING OUT CANDY?
CyD252 October 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Well if it's Saturday, simply look at the front yard. If the porch light is on, then it's a safe bet that they're giving out candy. If you go trick-or-treating tonight, and you're in a neighborhood without power, then your guess is as good as mine.
James Boyle (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Yes. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. in Ivyland.
Jennifer Cresina October 31, 2012 at 06:24 PM
What is wrong with you people???? Do you hear how RIDICULOUS you sound? You would be the first people to complain & sue if something happened to.your children....you should ALL be ashamed of yourself......good call Warminster township.....thanks for thinking of the safety of the children.
Frank Pacitti October 31, 2012 at 07:36 PM
The last time I checked the calendar, Saturday is November 3rd, not October 31st. So if anyone shows up on Saturday, they will be turned away. Who is the township to tell us that they moved Halloween to Saturday. What’s next, are they going to tell us to celebrate Christmas in July, because the weather is better for travel... If you are concerned about the kids, just keep them home tonight, and then explain to them that it was just unsafe in your neighborhood. fortunately, our neighborhood has no damage from the hurricane, and the kids will be out in full force tonight (HALLOWEEN).
Day_Tripper October 31, 2012 at 07:41 PM
This.
Day_Tripper October 31, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Are you kidding me? I am no fan of PECO, but you expect them to resolve a disaster of this scale in a day? If they staffed enough crews to do this, you would be complaining about how bloated they were and how they passed the cost of all these needless employees on to their customers.
Day_Tripper October 31, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Victor, "Were not idiots" or "We're not idiots?" And there you have it.
Dennis Salwach, Jr. October 31, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Do you people not want to take your kids around, or do you just value your weekends that much? Heh. Most people are without power all over the place. There are downed trees and power lines everywhere. Come on!
CyD252 October 31, 2012 at 09:50 PM
We just got power again in the Delmont area of Warminster. That said, it's still not very safe for kids wandering around at night... There are downed cables on the sidewalk, branches everywhere, and a large tree landed on a nearby SUV, shattering the windows sending glass everywhere.
Amanda October 31, 2012 at 10:08 PM
When something changes like this, esp at the last minute, I feel it would be helpful to have this also posted on the Warminster township site, and send out little announcements with the mail carriers. I have lived here for 3 years, and just randomly heard about this site by accident. Otherwise, I'd have had no idea trick or treating was changed. Just a suggestion for the future, should something need to be announced to the residents.
patty October 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Patty To the parents who think only of CANDY!!!! n not the safety of ur children shame on you.Would it kill u to give up a Saturday afternoon to walk w/ur children.My goodness,what kind of parents r you n what must you be teaching ur children!!!!!
CyD252 October 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM
They *did* post it on the Warminster Township site: ================== Halloween 2012: REMINDER - - Warminster Township has set Saturday from 2pm-5pm to observe Halloween. People who choose to trick-or-treat tonight, please know that there are more than 8,400 residences still without power, and fallen trees and power lines may still exist, causing unsafe locations throughout the Township. Please have a fun and safe Halloween! http://www.warminstertownship.org/
neza October 31, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Is anyone more concerned about our kids safety! Other then complaints of getting n receiving candy. Its not just Warminster, but other counties making this change to give our kids the chance to just be a kid! I love the fact that adults show their child side of their hearts along with the little one's! Halloween has nothing to do with Peco or just selfishness. Let kids be kids n be safe about it!
Tillia November 01, 2012 at 03:25 AM
The safety of our children is foremost. Yes, Halloween is important to the kids. But more important is their safety. I can't even walk down my street without encountering debris which could trip me. What would a little kid in a costume and costume shoes do? I saw kids out tonight despite the re-scheduling. Interesting that it was the usual groups of teens. They started at 6 pm. Usually the teens don't come out till 8 pm. It is normally the very little ones that start early. And I didn't see any of them tonight. Hope to see them Sat. 2/3 of the residents are w/o power. Some have had trees crash through their house. How can anyone be worried about Halloween and candy when so many are dealing with this devastation and disruption to their lives. How rude to go to that person's house to ask for candy at this time. They made a decision based on safety. That's all. There was not time to hold a meeting to make a decision which could accommodate everyone's preferences. They did what they they could do in the short time available to them, with the safety of all in mind.There are people right in this township, county, state and tri+states whose whole lives have been changed forever.
Pete Krenshaw November 01, 2012 at 04:40 AM
I believe the concern is over the safety of the children as they walk through streets and sidewalks potentially still laden with busted trees and debris. In the dark, this can be very treacherous and to be safe, I think it is a great move to have trick-or-treat during daylight hours. When it comes to the safety of the kids, I think this is a no brainer.
Pete Krenshaw November 01, 2012 at 04:41 AM
signup for nixel - warminster alerts via text and email on the warminster website and you will receive this information as well as other important, urgent information in a timely fashion electronically. (http://www.warminstertownship.org/)
Pete Krenshaw November 01, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Frank - Do you think this is just a local thing we are experiencing? Towns all over the region are moving trick-or-treat to other, safer times/days. Heck, NJ's Governor even signed an executive order to not have trick-or-treat until after the weekend! Towns all over America have had trick-or-treat on other days such as the closest Saturday to the 31st in order to make it easier for families to participate (not on a school night).
Pete Krenshaw November 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I agree with you that every effort needs to be made to inform people of a change like this. I believe the Township did a pretty good job of making this happen. The website DID have it listed as CyD252 indicates and there was also a Nixel blast as well. Go sign up on http://www.warminstertownship.org/ to receive urgent Township news via email and text.
Mary Alice Brancato November 01, 2012 at 08:07 AM
I can't believe I'm reading some of these comments. If you really felt adamant about taking your kids out on 10/31 I hope you did just that. As for the township changing it till Saturday I think that was a good decision. We just got power back last night. The other side of the street hasn't been that lucky. Many are without power. 6 small children did come to my door. I happily gave them candy. They couldn't do it on Saturday and that's fine with me that they came. You would think with all the devastation around us that you wouldn't have time to complain about a township moving the date for safety. If you were lucky and nothing happened at your house then how about volunteering some time to help someone who wasn't as lucky. Many have trees to remove, debris to clean up and many are without power. As for complaining that PECO isn't moving fast enough do you realize these men and women are on mandatory 16 hour days. They are exhausted! No scheduled time off, no vacations, no sick days are allowed. How about getting them a coffee instead of bashing these hard working people. Yes we're all frustrated, we're all tired of being in the dark but in the grand scheme of things...we are all plain lucky to be here to talk about it!
Tired of Hypocrisy November 01, 2012 at 08:40 AM
I agree Ms. Brancato. I was dismayed reading comments about their children having sports, etc and will not be able to trick-or-treat. Life is full of compromises, at least for most it is, adjustments are made, how selfish of some to complain while most are pleased the Township is concerned for the children's safety, which obviously, their parents are not. Complaining about PECO is ridiculous. The storm covered a large area, many that are still in the dark and will be for days to come. Trees down, wires down and PECO is supposed to be out in the midst of a hurricane/tropical storm repairing the wires so some selfish folks have their power back. Amazing the ignorance of some. They should go and offer their help to others instead of sitting on their butts whining. Look around the Township, many trees still down, just because one neighborhood is fine, does not mean another neighborhood is. I certainly am glad that none of these whiners are my neighbors. Our neighborhood has pulled together, sharing generators, food, whatever it takes to get us all through this safely.
Amanda November 01, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Ah I see, very good. When I checked the township website, it didn't say anything, but once I heard about this site, I didn't even check back to see if they posted it on the township website.
chris November 01, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Does anyone know if the 2-5 timeframe applies to upper moreland as well? Thanks
Carolyn November 02, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I am amazed that so many people are crazy bitter over trick or treating in the afternoon! For goodness sakes, get a grip. I lost power for 4 days and while Saturday afternoon would not have been my first choice, it's all about the kids safety. Really? Count your blessings and buck up. Considering what many of us have been through, I will happily great kids for a few hours .. I could use a smile!
Wendy Lechner November 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
We had Halloween today from 2-5 and it went extremely well. We had many more kids come around (especially little ones) and it was great to see all the kids dressed up and happy. It was a nice break from the all the chaos that occurred this week.

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