Trick-or-Treat? It's Up to You

No official Halloween policy for Philadlephia.

Following a major storm and news that other municipalities cancelled Halloween, Northwest Philadelphia residents wondered if they can trick-or-treat Wednesday.

Mayor Michael Nutter, as shared by his aide on Twitter, said it's up to citizens how they should spend Oct. 31 following Hurricane Sandy.

Lauren J. Walker, or @laureninthehall, tweeted Wednesday: "'Its Oct.31st, go trick or treat......Let me announce live here on @FOX29philly I have nothing to do with Halloween.' Mayor@Michael_Nutter."

The City of Philadelphia's official Twitter handle, @PhiladelphiaGov , retweeted the message.

Similarly, Joshua Cohen, special assistant to Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., said he had heard of no official policy on Halloween.

Largely a resident-driven holiday anyway, local governments lack any real authority of who voluntarily gives candy away, and in lieu of imposing and executing curfew enforcement, the city leaves the night up to its citizens. 

While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Pennsylvania towns like Abington, Norristown and Whitemarsh rescheduled trick-or-treating to the weekend, Nutter and other city officials didn't impose any recommendations like that for Philadelphia, which also didn't feel as much impact from Sandy.

The bottom line on Halloween 2012—it's up to you.

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