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Clairton, Duquesne and Liberty Borough will have Halloween parties and parades tonight, while Dravosburg and West Homestead will have costume contests.
Local and county officials also have posted trick-or-treating hours for many area communities. Residents who wish to participate should turn on their porch lights.
In Duquesne, residents are being invited to a “spook-tacular” night of fun. Children in costumes are invited to line up at 4:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Duquesne Elementary School on South Fourth Street. Prizes will be awarded for best costume.
After the parade, join your friends and neighbors for free food and music in the Duquesne school gymnasium. Free trick or treat bags will be given out by the police department and free safety light sticks will be given from the McKeesport Ambulance Rescue Service.
Residents are invited to pass out candy for the event, which is made possible by the Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys and Club and People Residing in Duquesne Equally (PRIDE)
“We started this event four years ago and it has just grown and grown,” said Pat Bluett, program manager of the boys and girls club. “Last year, over 600 gift bags were given out at our Halloween event and we’re expecting an even larger turnout this year. We’re hoping to fill the gym.”
Clairton, Dravosburg, Liberty and West Homestead
In Clairton, there will be trick-or-treat at city hall, 551 Ravensburg Blvd., and then throughout the city.
Dravosburg will have a Halloween costume contest at 5 p.m. tonight at the municipal building, 226 Maple Ave. Prizes will be awarded for the “prettiest,” “ugliest” and “most original” costumes in age levels 0 to 2, 3 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 to 13.
Liberty Borough will hold its annual Halloween parade at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The parade begins at the parking lot of St. Mark’s Roman Catholic Church and then proceeds down Liberty Way, a spokesperson said.
West Homestead is holding a costume contest at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Calhoun Community Park, a spokesperson said.
Trick-or-treat hours posted
Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. in McKeesport, Clairton, East McKeesport, Elizabeth Twp., Forward Twp., Liberty, North Huntingdon Twp., North Versailles Twp., Port Vue, West Homestead and White Oak.
Posted hours are 6:30 to 7 p.m. in Dravosburg, West Mifflin, Whitaker and Wilmerding.
Lincoln Borough does not have “trick-or-treat” hours. The borough held a “trunk-or-treat” event at the fire hall over the past weekend.
Safety tips provided
A spokesperson for the state Department of Transportation is urging all trick-or-treaters and anyone going out for the night to carry a flashlight or glow-stick, or add reflective tape to their costumes.
Be careful that masks don’t obstruct your vision, or, better yet, use face paint, PennDOT recommends. Make sure costumes aren’t too long, so that you’re not at danger of tripping and falling.
PennDOT says parents should remind children:
Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. - Cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when available. - Don’t walk distracted. Put down electronic devices. - Look both ways before crossing the street. - Always walk on sidewalks, when available. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
Drivers should be prepared for children who may run out into traffic, and should drive cautiously, especially in residential neighborhoods, PennDOT says:
- Slow down and always be aware of your surroundings. - Take extra time at intersections to be sure there are no children looking to cross the street. - Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
_Cami DiBattista contributed to this report._
Originally published October 31, 2018.