Residents of Lower Saucon Township who for years have pushed for Trick-or-Treat to be held on Halloween night are finally getting their way.
At their meeting Wednesday, township council discussed the results of an online poll created earlier this year by the Saucon Valley Partnership in conjunction with Hellertown Borough, in which residents voted and Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. was “overwhelmingly chosen” as the preferred time.
Hellertown Borough Council had already voted to hold Trick-or-Treat on the date most residents chose: Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Hellertown Borough Council president Tom Rieger said at their meeting March 4 that seventy percent of poll respondents chose Oct. 31 over the other option for Trick-or-Treat: the Sunday before Halloween from 3 to 5 p.m., which is when Trick-or-Treat was held last year. Fifty-five percent of poll respondents identified themselves as Hellertown residents, and 45 percent were Lower Saucon residents, Rieger said.
Lower Saucon councilman George Gress motioned to approve the new date and time for Trick-or-Treat.
Councilwoman Donna Louder expressed concern for the changes.
“The township’s demographics are very different than Hellertown’s, and I just fear for their safety. But that’s OK. We’ll just put the 4-year-olds out there in costumes without streetlights…,” she commented.
Gress reassured her that young children will not be unaccompanied when Trick-or-Treating.
Traditionally, some township residents Trick-or-Treat in the borough, where the sidewalks and streetlights make walking easier and safer.
Lower Saucon Township has traditionally voted to hold Trick-or-Treat at the same time as Hellertown borough.
Lower Saucon council voted 4-1 to approve Gress’s motion, with Louder opposed.
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