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Trick or Treat Checklist and Safety Tips

DHREA 31/10/2019

You can never be too prepared or too safe when it comes to our children trick or treating. Continuing the Halloween theme this week, we thought it was important to present some tips and tricks to help make you and your child’s Halloween fun, safe, and as fail-safe as can be. First, we listed some fantastic supplies that come in handy during the yearly candy and costume adventure. Second, some really good safety tips for the spooky night. These might just be refreshers to some, but protecting our little ones is worth the refresher.

TRICK OR TREAT SUPPLY CHECKLIST

  • Candy Bag
  • Flashlight
  • Extra Batteries
  • Reflector Strips or Glow Stick
  • Trick or Treating Route
  • Return Home/Meet-Up Time
  • Emergency Identification Information Attached
  • Costume Check
  • Bandaids
  • Bottled Water
  • Extra House Key
  • Cell Phone

TRICK OR TREAT SAFETY TIPS

  • Go During Safe Trick Or Treat Times

    You don’t have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick or treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and you are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!

  • Steer Clear Of Masks

    While masks are a fun part of many costumes, do your best to recreate the mask with face paint. Having a mask on can sometimes impair the vision of the child wearing it. With face paint, it is easier for your child to see where they are going and they won’t have to lift their mask to have a conversation with a fellow trick or treater. If your child absolutely must wear a Halloween mask, make sure it’s a snug fit, is ventilated and has large enough eyeholes so they can see all around them.

  • Be Visible

    If your kids will comply, choose costumes that are brightly colored so that they are easier to see in the dark. If they really want a dark costume, apply some reflective strips to their costume. You could also have them wear glow necklaces or carry glow sticks and flashlights.

  • Never Go Alone

    It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times while trick or treating. You should also discreetly add some emergency identification information such as the child’s name, address & phone number to their costume or on a bracelet in case your child happens to get separated from the group.

  • Walking Tips

    Be sure that your children understand simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Inform your children that they should never assume that they have the right away when crossing the street, especially at night on Halloween.

  • Knock On Doors That You Know

    Encourage your children to only trick-or-treat at homes where they know the inhabitants. If they know everyone on the street, except for one house, they could ask the neighbors about that one house. If a home is dark or has no Halloween decorations, that is typically a good sign that they are not up for trick-or-treaters.

  • Don’t Go Inside

    Trick-or-treaters always seem to run across a house or two where someone invites them to “come in”. Remind your little ones that they should never go inside anybody’s home while trick-or-treating. They can easily get the candy they seek from the porch or if the homeowner is persistent, inform them to simply turn and walk away.

  • Stay On Track

    It might be tempting to take a short cut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger. Stay on streets and in neighborhoods that are well lit and where there are plenty of people around.

  • Say No!

    If you’re children are old enough to trick or treat in a group without you, be sure and designate a time for their return. Teach your children that if a stranger offers to give them a ride or take them to a Halloween Party, they should say “no”. Stranger danger is important to remember no matter how old your kids are, even while trick-or-treating.

  • Taste-Testing Patience

    Make sure your little goblins know that trick or treating is for gathering candy, not eating it as they receive it. You know they’re going to be tempted to take a taste before you’ve had a chance to inspect it, so pack a goody bag with some of your own Halloween candy so they have something to snack on if they just can’t wait until they get home.

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Western Pennsylvania Trick or Treat Times (With Updates)

DHREA 30/10/2019

Don’t let the rain wash away your Halloween festivities! Here’s a list of Trick or Treat times all over Western Pennsylvania. Locations in green have been updated due to weather on Thursday:

Allegheny County

Aspinwall – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat), 7:30-9:30pm (Firefighter’s Costume Parade @ Aspinwall Borough Building)
Avalon – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Baldwin Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Baldwin Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Bellevue – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Ben Avon – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat), Saturday, October 26, 12:00-1:00PM (Halloween Parade)
Bethel Park – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Blawnox – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat), Thursday, October 31, 5:30-6:00PM (Children’s Halloween Parade)
Braddock – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Braddock Hills – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Brackenridge -Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Bridgeville – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Carnegie – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Castle Shannon – Saturday, November 2, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Churchill – Saturday, October 26, 2:00 PM (Halloween Party at Yagle Community Center), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Clairton -Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Collier – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Coraopolis – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Crafton – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Crescent – Saturday, November 2, 5:30-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Dormont – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Dravosburg – Friday, November 1, 6:00-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
East Deer – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Edgewood – Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 PM (Halloween Parade, outside Edgewood Elementary School), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Edgeworth – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Elizabeth Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Elizabeth Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat), Saturday, October 19, 11:00-12:00 PM (Halloween Parade/ Trunk or Treat)
Fawn – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Findlay Township – Saturday, November 2, 4:00-6:00 PM (Trick or Treat) 
Forest Hills – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Forward – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Fox Chapel – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Glen Osborne – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Green Tree – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Harmar – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Harrison – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Indiana Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Ingram – Saturday, October 26, 2:00-4:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Jefferson Hills – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Kennedy – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Leetsdale – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Liberty Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Lincoln – Saturday, October 26, 6:00-8:00 PM (“Trunk or Treat” at Fireman’s Social Hall)
Marshall – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
McCandless – Saturday, November 2, 5:00-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
McKees Rocks – Saturday, October 26, 12:00 PM (Halloween Event, Rangers Field), Thursday, October 31, 6:00- 8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
McDonald – Saturday, November 2, 2:00-4:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Millvale – Thursday, October 31, 5:30-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Monroeville – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Moon Township –  Saturday, November 2, 5:00-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Mount Oliver – Saturday, October 26, 2:00-4:00PM (Trunk or Treat), Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Mt. Lebanon – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Munhall – Saturday, October 26, 2:30 PM (Halloween Parade), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Neville Island – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
North Braddock – Thursday, October 31 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
North Fayette – Saturday, November 2, 4:00-6:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
North Versailles – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Oakdale – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat) 
Ohio – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Pennsbury Village – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Penn Hills – Thursday, October 31 5:30PM-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Pitcairn – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Pittsburgh – Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Pleasant Hills – Tuesday, October 29, 6:30-8:00 PM ( Halloween Parade), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Port Vue – Thursday,, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Reserve – Sunday, October 27, 1:00 PM (Halloween Parade), Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Richland Township – Sunday, October 20 (Halloween Party), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Robinson – Saturday, October 26, 12:00-2:00 PM (Halloween in the Park), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Ross Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Scott – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Sewickley – Saturday, October 26, 10:30-11:30 AM (Halloween Parade), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Sewickley Hills – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Shaler – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Sharpsburg – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
South Fayette – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
South Park – Sunday, October 27, 1:30-4:00 PM (Halloween Party), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
South Versailles – Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00PM (Trick or Treat)
Springdale Borough – Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Swissvale – Saturday, November 2 5:00-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Tarentum – Saturday, October 12, 3:00-6:00 PM (Boo Festival), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Thornburg – Thursday, October 31, 6:15 PM (Halloween Parade, Trick or Treat immediately following)
Trafford – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Upper St. Clair – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Verona – Thursday, October 31, 6:00PM-8:00PM (Trick or Treat)
West Deer Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
West Mifflin – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat), Saturday, October 26, 2:00-4:00PM (Kid’s Halloween Event and Fall Fest)
West View Borough – Thursday October 31, 6:00-8:00PM (Halloween Parade on Monday Oct. 27 at 7PM – Perry Highway at Highland Avenue)
Whitehall – Thursday, October 31 6:00 PM-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Wilkins Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Beaver County

Ambridge – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Beaver – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Brighton – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Chippewa Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Conway Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Hanover Township – Saturday, November 2, 6:00-8:00PM

Butler County

Buffalo Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Butler Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Cranberry – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Seven Fields – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Summit Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Zelienople – Wednesday, October 30, 6:30-7:30 PM (Halloween Parade), Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Fayette County

Connellsville – Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Washington Township/Belle Vernon – Saturday, October 26, 2:00-4:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Lawrence County

Mahoning Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-9:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
New Castle – Saturday, November, 4:00-6:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Wampum – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Mercer County

Sandy Lake – Thursday, October 31, 4:00-6:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Washington County

Canonsburg – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Canton Township – Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM (Trick or Treat)
Carroll Township – Saturday, October 26, 5:00-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Midway Borough – Wednesday, October 30, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
North Strabane – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
South Strabane – Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Peters Township – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)

Westmoreland County

East Vandergrift Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Hempfield – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Irwin – Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat) 
Lower Burrell – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
New Stanton – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
North Huntingdon – Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat) 
North Irwin – Friday, November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat) 

Southwest Greensburg – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
West Leechburg – Thursday, October 31, 6:00-8:00 PM (Trick or Treat)
Youngwood Borough – Thursday, October 31, 6:00 PM (Halloween Parade), Trick or Treat immediately following parade (End time not stated)

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