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new rules? are halloween ordinances next?

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-30 19:57

Gone are the days of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” Halloween innocence….now there are new rules. Will Bill Maher weigh in?

Maybe I have been Captain Oblivious, but does government regulate Halloween now?

First I saw this article on Main Line Media News’ website about Halloween in Radnor Township (and I quote):

From a press release:

Radnor’s Township Manager has set the Township’s residential Trick-or-Treating hours for 6:00-8:00pm on Friday, October 31, 2014. Radnor Township asks parents to follow….

Malvern Borough is even more restrictive as per their Facebook page:

Trick or Treat is tomorrow night, Friday, October 31st, from 6:00-8:00 pm for ages 12 and under. For safety, carry a flashlight and make sure your children are visible through either bright colors or reflective tape on their clothing. Please check their bags. Enjoy!!

I know lots of places where it isn’t so safe to trick or treat they do things like trunk or treats, or Halloween at centralized location but we aren’t talking inner city, we are talking Malvern Borough and Radnor Township.

There are actually two articles about this which are interesting:

Huffington Post: What You Need to Know About 6-Foot Trick-or-Treaters


Washington Post: On Parenting Yes, that might be my teen at your door on Halloween

So yes, as teens get older they generally stop trick or treating, but this whole local government decreeing hours of operation and age restrictions just sits oddly with me. I get and appreciate the common sense tips about escorting small children, flashlights, reflective clothing, and checking candy but when were Halloween Ordinances passed?

So these townships are all dictating 6 pm to 8 pm only. The funny thing is all the parents I know with really little kids start around 4:30 pm and are basically finished by 6 pm.

Now I know that sometimes giant trick or treating teens can be not the best thing. When my sister and I were growing up one year a bunch of teenagers tried to mug my mother at the door. You see my mother had this silver bowl she put the candy in. They tried to steal the bowl. And it was the north side of Haverford in Lower Merion Township on the Main Line – not the inner city. We chalked that up to just punks.

When we were elementary school and kindergarten age young we lived in Society Hill. The costumes that year were from Creative Playthings I think. That was when we would also collect money for UNICEF in little cardboard boxes. We got jumped and mugged for the UNICEF boxes carrying minuscule amounts of change. And we were little kids being escorted by adults too.

I also know that parents will take kids to neighborhoods other than their own if there is no real trick or treating where they live, but known to be better in the neighborhood next to theirs. I also know that will freak out a lot of people if they see too many strange costumed and non-costumed faces, and not just their neighborhood folks. You are, after all opening your door, unless you just leave an honor bowl of candy set out. I think back in the day we trick or treated until 9th or 10th grade.

So I get Halloween can be problematic, and we live in less innocent times and all. But I have to ask : are we so far gone that local governments have to legislate a traditional holiday?

Thanks for stopping by.

Categories: Pennsylvania

Police shooting suspect Eric Frein nabbed after 7 weeks

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:28
DUNMORE, Pa. (AP) — A survivalist accused of ambushing two state troopers, leaving one dead and seriously injuring the other, was captured on Thursday, ending a seven-week manhunt for him, authorities said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion police catch burglar red-handed

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:28
Lower Merion police caught a Norristown man red-handed after he broke into a home, Wednesda, Oct. 29.
Categories: Lower Merion

BREAKING: Suspected Cop Killer Frein Captured

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 18:02
After nearly two months on the lam, the suspect has been located in Monroe County.
Categories: Lower Merion

end of october in the garden

Chester County Ramblings - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:24

It really is turning into late fall in the garden. The weather has been warmer than it normally is this time of year, but colder weather is just around the corner and plants are starting to show that.

The hydrangea leaves are turning color on the various plants. Some leaves are yellow and green, some a veiny red and green, and one bush is turning a lovely bronze red purple shade.

Other plants are going dormant, the viburnum leaves are turning red on a couple of my bushes, and the deciduous shrubs are all shedding their leaves like mad. The roses have gotten their fall haircuts, and hopefully they won’t have any other unexpected growth spurts before winter is here.

The farmer has taken in his field next-door, and our viewshed is filled with the splendid colors of fall on the trees. This year the trees are more of a golden color. There are some beautiful red hues mixed in, but it’s not as abundant as it has been some other years.

As I walk around my garden I’m proud of what I have accomplished this year. I worked darn hard on it. I had my doubts when the season first began because Mother Nature had wrought such damage in February. I’m guessing as we are almost out of October, that somehow the garden ended up just the way it was supposed to be. I will admit that I am kind of sad the growing season is drawing to a close.

The finality of the growing season was further cemented today when I planted the bulbs I had ordered in the summer. But they are all tucked into various flowerbeds and I look forward to seeing them next spring.

Now it is left to spread more mulch, empty pots, and tidy up. That will be my ongoing project over the next few weeks.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Categories: Pennsylvania

Lower Merion police catch burglar red-handed

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 14:06
Lower Merion police caught a Norristown man red-handed after he broke into a home, Wednesda, Oct. 29.
Categories: Lower Merion

Two Montco Residents Being Monitored for Ebola

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 13:04
The pair, who recently returned from Liberia, will be monitored daily until the end of the virus' 21-day incubation period.
Categories: Lower Merion

Manayunk Bridge Trail makes serious connections

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:58
Great things are happening to Manayunk. A short while ago, a number of dignitaries came to the opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts Center. Perhaps it was that spirit that caused Rina Cutler, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities to break out in a rendition of ‘Rolling on the River’ at the groundbreaking for the Manayunk Bridge Trail on Oct. 28.
Categories: Lower Merion

Man claiming to be roofer arrested in Ardmore burglary

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:18
Lower Merion police arrested a man who told officers that he was a roofer looking for his employer after it was alleged that he was in possession of several items from a home on School House Lane in Ardmore.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lower Merion Police Reports: Public intoxication at Rosemont Train Station

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:18
Police cited one person for public intoxication and another person for underage drinking and underage drinking at the parking lot of the Rosemont Train Station in Rosemont Oct. 22 at 11:14 p.m.
Categories: Lower Merion

Beloved Lower Merion music teacher Herman Giersch celebrates 100 years with a song in his heart

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:18
Professor Harold Hill notwithstanding, for generations of Lower Merion students there is only one real-life Music Man.
Categories: Lower Merion

Submitted video: Unmanned NASA rocket explodes in Virginia

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 12:18
An unmanned rocket contracted by NASA exploded after launch Tuesday evening at Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va.
Categories: Lower Merion

Friday is a Half Day for Lower Merion Schools

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 11:45
There will be no afternoon kindergarten.
Categories: Lower Merion

Police: Numerous Vehicles Entered in Wynnewood

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:46
A suspect was stopped by Philadelphia Police and will be charged, Lower Merion Police said.
Categories: Lower Merion

Tips To Keep Your Trick-Or-Treaters Safe This Halloween

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:18
The biggest safety risks on All Hallows Eve aren't werewolves and vampires.
Categories: Lower Merion

Lapps invite community to Narberth Farmer's Market grand opening

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 10:00
Since the Lapp family of Lancaster County opened the doors to their new Narberth Farmer’s Market Oct. 15, they have seen a stream of customers saying “Welcome home.” Those visitors still remember Steve Lapp’s first store in the borough, which operated from 1983 to 1996.
Categories: Lower Merion

Don’t Carve Philly Out of Uber Legalization

Keystone Politics - Thu, 2014-10-30 09:57
We got pretty close to legalizing Uber X and Lyft-type ride-sharing services this session, but the clock ran out and the fight has been pushed into next year. That’s why it’s so important...
Categories: Pennsylvania, Politics

Monster Mega Millions: $284M Jackpot for Halloween

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 09:45
The next drawing for Mega Millions jackpot, which is now at $284 million, is at 11 p.m. on Halloween.
Categories: Lower Merion

$1.87M Glenn Road Home Among Ardmore Open Houses

Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch - Thu, 2014-10-30 09:30
Find open houses in Ardmore, Merion and Wynnewood this weekend from our partners at Zillow.
Categories: Lower Merion

'Rally for Ardmore' set to protest Cricket Lot project

Main Line Times - Thu, 2014-10-30 07:56
Is it too late to alter or stop planned redevelopment on Ardmore’s Cricket Avenue parking lot?
Categories: Lower Merion