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Posted on: October 30, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours - A Message from Mayor Urscheler

2019 Halloween Hours

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Hours

Thursday, October 31, 2019 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm

To help all our Phoenixville Borough residents enjoy Halloween Trick-or-Treating, each year the Office of the Mayor provides the suggested Trick-or-Treating hours, on Halloween, during which those children, families and residents who wish to partake in this Halloween tradition are encouraged to do so.

As in previous years, we have designated the hours of 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Halloween, which falls on Thursday, October 31, 2019 as the suggested time for Trick-or-Treating within the Borough. We designate this time as a general guideline for Trick-or-Treating participants and it is Rain or Shine.

In general, there are no specific ordinances within the Borough of Phoenixville that pertain directly to Halloween. Additionally, Halloween is not an Official or Borough-Sponsored event, so we generally do not postpone, delay, or reschedule Trick-or-Treating.

We do encourage residents to assess all aspects, including the weather, which may impact their own, or their family’s safety when participating in this or any activity. Each family should make a decision that is appropriate to their own child, while keeping, their child’s safety in the forefront of their decision making. The Phoenixville Police Department will be patrolling throughout the Borough, ensuring the safety of all our residents.

As a community, we only ask that those who wish to participate, in Halloween Trick-or-Treating do so respectfully and safely, while also being respectful to those who do not wish to participate.

Only you, know what is best and safest for you and your family, as well as which neighbors to call upon and the appropriate times to do so.

  • Please consider these Halloween tips to help keep children and families safe:
  • Only go to those homes that have a porch light on to welcome trick-or-treaters, if a house is completely dark, they are most likely not participating.
  • Carry a flashlight to light the way on streets and sidewalks. A flashlight or glow sticks will also help illuminate children for motor vehicles.
  • Dress your children in, or bring along, some type of reflective material for dusk and later trick-or-treating. A reflective jacket works well, as do reflecting trick-or-treat bags. Sunset will be at 6:00pm on Halloween.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Put electronic devices such as cell phones down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well-lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Make sure that costumes do not cause a safety hazard for children by being too long or including masks that affect their ability to see clearly. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks.
  • Homeowners should make sure that pets are secured so they do not become frightened by costumed children or activity that is out of the ordinary.
  • Children should be instructed to NEVER enter the home of someone they do not know and to remain on the porch to receive their treats.
  • Any observed suspicious activity should be reported to police immediately, by calling 911.
  • Children should be instructed to not eat candy until it has been inspected by an adult.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for children at intersections, on medians and on curbs and behind landscaping.

Yours In Service,
The Honorable Peter J. Urscheler, Mayor

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