Trick or Treat Moved Back to Oct. 26

Upper Macungie supervisors have a change of heart and move Trick or Treat back to the traditional Friday night before Halloween.

, at a special meeting Friday afternoon, moved Trick or Treat night back to Friday, Oct. 26 after being bombarded with e-mails and phone calls from irate parents.

Tradition is that Upper Macungie's Trick or Treat night is scheduled on the Friday night before Halloween, to coincide with the elementary school celebrations that afternoon.

But on Sept. 9, , which sent parents railing.

"We have received numerous phone calls and e-mails on this topic and it was overwhelming," said supervisor Kathy Rader. "We're going to move Trick or Treat back to the night it has been traditionally. There was no intent on the board's part. We've spent so much time on this over the past week."

Rader noted many municipalities, including Allentown and Bethlehem, are holding Trick or Treat festivities on Friday night.

"But we're not changing Christmas," deadpanned supervisor chair Edward Earley.

The vote was 2-1 with Rader and Earley in favor and Sam Ashmar voting against.

The handful of parents at the meeting seemed pleased with the decision.

"It's been this way for many years and the fact that it was changed with short notice -- it would have been nice for the public to know," said Phil Wagner of Breinigsville.

"It was a lack of communication," said Christine Duborg of Orefield. "The last-minute justification didn't seem right. The school night is a big concern."

"I didn't like the change without advance notice," said Laura McBrearty of Upper Macungie. "There are a lot of sports practices during the week and people come from out of town to see the kids dressed up."

Upper Macungie's Trick or Treat night is Oct. 26 from 6 to 8.

Christine Duborg September 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Thank you to the township for listening to our concerns and making a change. One thing I found out yesterday is they vote on this date every year. So go to the meeting next year of you feel strongly about it!
Julie September 15, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Melissa Harrison September 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Thanks to the parents and community members for voicing your opinions. A special thanks to those of you that attended the meeting on such short notice! I'm thrilled that it's back to Friday night.
Elsa September 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Good for you. Now go buy tons of candy for all the south Whitehall and lower macungie and Allentown kids that come. This was not about the kids. It was for our parents who just don't want to hassle with their children about candy and bedtime. The football games are on Fridays and they will not change. Unbelievable.
Majority Rules!! September 15, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Trick or treat has been on a Friday in Upper Macungie for the last 30 years!! If you have such a problem with it, your butt should have been at the meeting. So I don't feel sorry for any of you who continue to complain. Congratulations to all who were at the meeting. :)
jeffrey titus September 15, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The rest of the country does Halloween on the 31'st - only in PA is the date changed for some parents' sake. They should announce now for next year to return to the 31'st, so those that have a hard time being flexible can plan ahead.
Philip Wagner September 15, 2012 at 01:46 PM
For all of you who are complaining that its not on the 31st, maybe you should of cared to show up yesterday at the special meeting and voiced your opinion. Oh and by the way Halloween will be on Friday the 31st in two years, so I hope to see you all then!!! Happy Halloween
momatude September 15, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Oh my kids were so excited by the change to the actual holiday. Now the ones who cheer and play football cannot attend the festivities, nor will the younger kids who must travel with parents to drive/pickup and provide support services to older siblings. Well, convenience over normalcy. Hundreds of kids are involved in the fall sport of football- if not thousands. Many houses will also be dark---no one at home to hand out candy-but " that's the way it's always been" ! You know... we used to cook with fire ,but we adore our new range/ovens! As James Carvelle once said: Pennsylvania is just Philadelphia and Pittsburg with Kentucky in between"
Armand September 15, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Best of luck, but remember the tens of thousands of truck and car drivers from outside our little community that have no idea that the kids are out. They think the holliday is on the holiday.
Elsa September 15, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Majority rules how do you know I wasn't there? That is a little creepy
Michael De Selm September 15, 2012 at 09:45 PM
This is sad... it's only trick or treat people. Why not have fun on the day it's intended? Are our schedules and lives too important and too busy to accommodate the calendar where it falls? Are we so involved in our lives that we can't break the monotonous for just one day? It's a silly thing to debate, I know... but at the core of this issue is something much more important. On a side note, I've lived all over this great nation and I've never once lived in a community that doesn't celebrate Halloween/Trick or Treat on the 31st. Would we move Thanksgiving or Christmas if it inconvenienced the schedules of a vocal minority? Better yet, what about when your anniversary or a birthday comes up... do we "push" its recognition to a day that fits our schedule or do we take the time out to intentionally invest in our relationships on the day of the week that it falls? For the record, I was present at the meeting when they acquiesced to the requests of the voting public that requested the date be changed... where were the rest of you?
Danielle September 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM
what do you need advanced notice for? When is Halloween, Oct. 31st, that is when the trick or treat should be for everyone. This would stop people from going trick or treat five times, five different places and it would also keep you in the town or township you belong!
Miss Happy September 16, 2012 at 03:49 PM
What a bunch of whiners! Just go with the flow! I don't care which day it is. All I know is me likes me some candy! Nom nom nom!
Parkland Parent September 17, 2012 at 02:28 AM
This is amazing, most, if not all of you will not come to a Township meeting to discuss quality of life issues, like the massive building all over our township and how the school overcrowding and petty crime is/can be an issue. Yet, here is everyone to come talk about Halloween??!! Are you kidding me, guess what, yes...I understand how for little kids it is easier to be on a Friday, yes..I like that it is over at a certain time. I personally give out more candy to the interesting folks that are dropped off in our neighborhoods from other areas then the local kids. The town really needed to bend to a group of loud mouth nosy parents??!! Because of sports? School? Folks....everyone is busy, stop signing your kids up for everything, let them be kids and let them have a day like Halloween ON HALLOWEEN.
Mom of DnNnD September 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Some of us actually work for a living and can't leave work for a 4:00 meeting at a drop of a hat. Speaking of working, I work M-F 8-5:00 and was still willing to take the kids Trick or Treating on a school night. Why? Honestly, because it's very simple and Halloween IS the 31st.
Mom of DnNnD September 17, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I was at work.
Laura K September 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
If I would have been able to attend the meeting I would have went. This is so stupid that Halloween is not just on Oct 31 like every other normal city and state. Who cares it falls on a weekday I grew up having it on the day it fell. Its bad enough they have a time on it. When i grew up we started right after school and last all night. When i moved to PA i couldn't believe it was not on the 31st and they had a time for it. The person above who said they wouldn't change Christmas or Thanksgiving or Black Friday is right!! why is Halloween any different??? OK change it on the last friday what if I still dress up and sit on my porch and still hand out candy ?? what can be done??? Its Halloween and thats when trick or treat should be !!! just saying.
Dawn McDermott October 25, 2012 at 09:48 PM
We were looking forward to the traditional Halloween ON Halloween. We made it a point to schedule to be home on Wednesday because we are usually away the Friday of Trick or Treat. And once again, we will be away tomorrow night. I own a business in UMT. When my light is out, kids get angry. My work vans are vandalized every year we're not home because people think we're just cheap, which is not the case! We always give each kid (old or young), a bag of candy with at least 5-6 items in it. Now I have all this candy and no one will be home to give it out. It makes me feel bad.
A Williams October 26, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This is just crazy to me... Halloween should be on Halloween!
Cheryl Saul October 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
.Is Thanksgiving on the same day every year?? How about Easter??? Let's discuss the Presidents' Birthdays. Do we celebrate them when they really were born? Leave Trick Or Treat on the same day every year. Also, if children are vandalizing your home because you don't have your light on they don't deserve any treats to begin with. Don't reward them so they don't destroy your property.
Cheryl Saul October 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Referring to the date of Thanksgiving not the day of the week.
Bonnie October 27, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Hope you enjoyed your Halloween. The parents of the boy killed last night didn't.
Bonnie October 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Hope you enjoyed your WIN. Maybe now that someone died you can realize why Friday night stinks. Great for parties and people to be out on the road...not for kids who are actually trick or treating.
CT October 29, 2012 at 10:53 PM


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