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Local communities, including McKeesport, Duquesne and White Oak, have posted their Halloween activity schedules.
McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko invites children 12 and younger to take part in the city’s annual Halloween Parade and Party in Renziehausen Park on Saturday (Oct. 28). Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Tennis Courts and the parade travels to the Jacob Woll Pavilion for an indoor party featuring seasonal crafts, storytime and hot dog lunch. This event is co-sponsored by the Carnegie Library of McKeesport.
Trick or treat hours in the city are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
White Oak also will have trick or treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
In addition, White Oak's "Truck-or-Treat" will take place on Saturday (Oct. 28) at the White Oak American Legion,, 2813 Capitol St. The event will include a parade and after party, where attendees are invited to explore a variety of service vehicles such as fire trucks, tow trucks, garbage trucks and ambulances.
Parade line-up is at 11:30 am, with the parade beginning at noon. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Snacks and music will be provided at the event, which is sponsored by White Oak Borough and the White Oak Recreation Board.
“This is a nice safe environment for children to come out, get some candy and have a lot of fun,” said Financial Administrator Michelle Gessner. “Everyone always has a nice time.”
In Duquesne, plans for a Halloween party and parade were announced by City Controller Beth Kracinovsky.
Around 600 attendees are expected at the event, which is slated for Oct. 31 and will include free food and music in the Duquesne Fire Station, trick or treat bags from the Duquesne Police Department and a free safety light from the McKeesport Area Rescue Service.
Parade line up will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Grant Ave., near the school parking lot.
Prizes will be awarded for best costumes. All residents are invited to pass out treats. For more information, call (412) 760-0634.
The event is made possible by the City of Duquesne, Duquesne-West Mifflin Boys and Girls Club and People Residing in Duquesne Equally (PRIDE).
“The committee is dedicated to making sure everyone has fun and the smiles and laughter that fill the air are proof that we have reached that goal,” Alison Piccolino, an event organizer, said of the event, now in its third year.
Piccolino said organizers are grateful to local donors and volunteers and are looking forward to another great event.
“This has grown into an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another and enjoy some time interacting,” Piccolino said. “It really is a great time.”
There is no evening trick-or-treat in Duquesne.
Lincoln Borough will hold its first-ever "Trunk or Treat" on Saturday (Oct. 28) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lincoln Borough Volunteer Fire and Rescue Hall, 4312 Liberty Way.
Residents who want to participate should arrive early, bring treats to pass out, and park in one of the designated spaces. Children will go from space-to-space. There will be no door-to-door trick-or-treating in Lincoln Way due to safety concerns, a spokesperson said.
Other Mon-Yough community trick-or-treat hours include the following. (All are happening on Oct. 31, unless otherwise noted.)
- Clairton: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Dravosburg: 6 to 8 p.m.
- East McKeesport: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Elizabeth Borough: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Elizabeth Twp.: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Forward Twp.: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Glassport: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Liberty Borough: 6 to 8 p.m.
- North Versailles Twp.: 6 to 8 p.m.
- Pittsburgh: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Port Vue: 6 to 8 p.m.
- South Versailles Twp. (Coulter): 6 to 8 p.m.
- Versailles: 6 to 8 p.m.
- West Elizabeth: 6 to 8 p.m.
- West Mifflin: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Whitaker: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
- Wilmerding: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Originally published October 23, 2017.