Should Trick-or-Treating be Rescheduled?

Thousands are without power in Newtown. Should trick or treating be rescheduled?

Update: Wednesdsay, 10:45 a.m.

Newtown Township Police posted the following message on Facebook regarding Halloween: "The Newtown Township Manager has confirmed that Newtown Township has never governed decisions regarding Halloween. It is up to the individual residents to decide whether to proceed with trick or treating for this evening. Please keep in mind that 3/4 of Newtown Township is still without power. The police department with still have extra patrols this evening in order to promote the safety of trick or treaters. Please be safe."

Sandy has left thousands without power in the Newtown area. With Halloween just hours away and debris littering many sidewalks, many parents say they are concerned trick-or-treating won't be safe Wednesday?

Should trick-or-treating be rescheduled?

Newtown Township officials told Patch Monday that they don't have jurisdiction over when trick-or-treating is held. Supervisors Chair Mike Gallagher said it would be up to the parents to determine when it's safe for the children to go out.

So will you send your kids out tomorrow? Please comment below.

If not, when do you think Newtown should have trick-or-treating?

Donna October 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
With no power and numerous obstacles to navigate, I think it would be wise to postpone until Friday night or Saturday day/night.
Nancy October 31, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Definitely reschedule for Saturday 2-5pm
JoAnn Hopf Lawall October 31, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Reschedule when power is restored and streets are safe. Major holiday for kids!
Kathy Meara October 31, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Dark streets and loud generators are no place for kids, not to mention doors opening to dimly lit homes. Aligning with New Jersey is the way to go
Cheri October 31, 2012 at 01:48 AM
I don't have kids, but it makes sense to postpone till Saturday evening.
Jessica Price October 31, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Postpone to Saturday. Not safe as things stand.
Jo Ann Mitidieri Long October 31, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Postone for sure. Parents can use this to teach children about real life priorities and maybe have a weekend house party, costumes and all. Trick or treating is not everything. The kids really just want a place to showplace costumes and get candy.
deshunthomas October 31, 2012 at 02:39 AM
I dont really think its fair for some kids because my childs birthday is this Saturday the holiday of Halloween is perfectly fine how it is kids can enjoy there candy that we hand out
Kristy Davis October 31, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I would love to do it Saturday too. I don't want the kids to miss it ( and I certainly don't want to eat all of the candy we bought) but tomorrow will be too dangerous. Btw I am in Jericho Valley.
Legeana Kessler October 31, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Definitely not safe. Please dont send your kids out in This mess. Postpone for sure.
Kim W October 31, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Agree, think it should be postponed until Friday or Sat. I was hoping our community leaders would step forward and at least give us an idea as to what the best thing to do is. With much of Newtown still "dark" it only makes sense that it should be postponed. How are we gonna know if trick or treating will go on today, or if we should wait!?!
P. Ettinger October 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Why wouldn't we wait until all have power again? Our neighborhood has some power but many are still without.. it just doesn't seem necessary to have it this evening. In Newtown Borough, our community has always come together. So let's come together and wait until the weekend. -- P. Ettinger
Morgan October 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM
As much as I hate to say it, not safe enought to trick or treat tonight...
James Waitkus October 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Is it not the responsibility of our public officials to insure the health, safety and welfare of it's residents? I'm all for making sure Halloween goes on, but I feel it's important that our police and other public officials determine whether it is safe for our children to be out on streets with no traffic lights, street lights, downed electric lines and dangling branches over sidewalks and streets. It may not be their jurisdiction, but they should certainly make a decision in the best interest of the public.
Abby Leafe October 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM
I vote for Saturday as well!
Cecilia Marino October 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Halloween should still go on. All the power has been restored to Main Steet and there arn't any branches down. Keep it as is!!!
Marissa October 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Tyler Walk is still without power and hoping we can all postpone till Saturday. It's just too dangerous for the kids to be out in this mess. There are generators and such everywhere too.
Jill October 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Halloween needs to be postponed until Friday or Saturday. The Township needs to step up and make an announcement. Between the Patch, FB and word of mouth everyone would find out.
Jen October 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
stores on State St are closed as of 9:30 am Wed and there is a huge tree down on Penn St. It is not safe for kids to be walking in the dark....Saturday please.
Jen P. October 31, 2012 at 01:55 PM
So many unsafe neighborhoods still out there and in the dark. Why can't the local government officials step up and make the decision we all want them to make on our behalf? So many other towns have already done so. What's preventing ours from doing the same?
Kate October 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Our leaders need to act like leaders and guide us as a community. Please step up for the well being of our kids and announce say afternoon 2--5 for trick or treating.
Jennie S October 31, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I don't know how we reschedule to Saturday. How do you let everyone in town know kids might be coming to knock on their door and expect candy? If people aren't ready for kids to come Saturday, it won't work. I think if we can find some neighborhoods that have had power for over 24 hours as of tonight kids can trick or treat there, otherwise we wait until next year. My backup plan is to hide candy around my house and have the kids search for it in their costumes.
J13 October 31, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Newtown Grant is still without power. It is not safe for kids to be walking in the dark. It should be postponed to Saturday.
Suzanne Herger October 31, 2012 at 02:48 PM
we have power in Newtown Crossing but roads have too many leaves and tree debris let me know when it is offical Saturday is Trick or treat thanks suzanne
James October 31, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Alot of areas are without power, it makes sense to move it to Saturday. Falls Township has made the decision to move to Saturday and Bristol and Middle townships have rescheduled till next wednesday
Inez Easton October 31, 2012 at 03:00 PM
We don't have power, we won't answer our door. I will not support parents who are too stupid to keep their children home tonight. Why is this even a question?
Kelly October 31, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Northampton Twp postponed it until next Weds. I agree with Sat since we need our kids to be safe
Ali October 31, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Very good idea to reschedule for Saturday, not safe for kids and adults to be walking in dark streets with very little visibility.
AC October 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Northampton which is Holland, Richboro , etc.... have rescheduled for wednesday of next week. The will coincide with Langhorne, Levittiown, Bristol.
dude guy October 31, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Saturday would be the best date! The kids will be safe and nobody will be upset!


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