Get Ready for Trunk or Treat 2014

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Oct 162014

Trunk-or-Treat-300x122Are you ready for Trunk or Treat? We’ve been telling you about it for 3 months and now, it’s happening tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

(Note the time changes from the earlier posting)

The town-wide event is late tomorrow afternoon at the High Plains Community Center (Orange Fairgrounds) 525 Orange Center Road from 3-5 p.m. (Rain date Nov. 2).
Cars set up [decorated and filled with candy] at 3 p.m. MUST arrive NO LATER than 3:45 p.m.; at 4 p.m. the kids, dressed in costume, go from car to car to collect treats; and then at 5 p.m., prizes for best costume and best decorated trunk will be awarded.
For the safety of the children ALL participating cars MUST stay on the grounds until after the awards presentation (at 5 p.m )
A fun, safe event for all!

The town invites everyone to become a Trunk or Treat sponsor. Donations of money can be made by check to the Town of Orange with a notation for Trunk Or Treat.

Gift certificates, candy and/or prizes are appreciated and checks also may be given to Alice DiNicola (203-848-4704) or Brad Marcus (203-676-7250).

They are expecting about 800 Trunk-or-Treaters so DiNicola suggests participants get 6 extra large bags of candy per car.  “But bring what you can. We want the kids to be shlepping home a nice load,” she said.

Why Trunk Or Treat?

The Inaugural year’s impromptu Trunk Or Treat Halloween event was planned and implemented on the fly by Orange parents Brad Marcus and Alice DiNicola after Hurricane Sandy struck on October 29, 2012 threatening to destroy the traditional trick-or-treating excursion for Orange children.

With minimal advertising and a lot of love behind the idea, the duo attracted droves of participants who decorated their cars, filled them with candy and gave the kids a night to remember.

Last year’s event also was very well attended and they hope the tradition will continue to grow in this, it’s third year, and beyond. 

Originally published on: Sep 4, 2014 @ 8:54

AAA Halloween Safety Tips AND Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

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Oct 292013

Screen shot 2013-10-29 at 5.19.14 PMHalloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrians, according to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

According to AAA, on Oct. 31, motorists should slow down and drive with caution, particularly in low-lit neighborhoods between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight. In a press release, AAA said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national vehicle fatalities occurring on Halloween involved a drunk driver.

To keep people safe during the holiday, AAA released the following tips for motorists, and parents and children trick-or-treating: — Avoid driving through neighborhoods. If possible, avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be.

• Watch for children in the street. Trick-or-treaters may not pay attention to cars and cross mid-block or between parked cars.

• Slow down, a pedestrian is more than twice as likely to be killed if they’re hit by a car traveling at 35 mph compared to 25 mph. What seems like a small difference—just 10 mph—can be the difference between life and death, according to the AAA.

• Drive sober. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.

• Check costumes. Choose disguises that don’t obstruct vision, opt for non-toxic face paint instead of masks, and add reflective material or tape to keep kids visible.

• Trick-or-treat together. AAA recommends that parents accompany young trick-or-treaters.

• Make a plan. Review trick-or-treat safety precautions and plan your route ahead of time. Remind children never to cross the street mid-block or from between parked cars.

• Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate seat belts or car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Tips for Trick-or-Treaters






Get Ready For Trick or Treating Tonight

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Nov 092012

The Orange Police (Town) Released this Notice:

In light of public concern regarding trick or treating this evening, and careful consideration of deteriorating weather conditions, the Town of Orange is recommending that Residents postpone outdoor trick or treating until Friday Nov. 9.

Public safety, as always, is our primary concern when making these determinations. This will be the last postponement by town officials, further considerations should be made by parents.

Residents can receive these messages via text message, email and cell phone by visiting CTalert.gov

This announcement came after one neighborhood already decided to take matters into their own hands.

One resident said, “our neighborhood voted to change Trick or Treat to Friday night. This includes Bittersweet, Great Oak, Juniper, Hunting Hill, Harborview, Saddle Ridge, S. Indian Hill and Lakeview.

Orange Live agrees with the change, because Friday night will be drier, warmer and make for a much more pleasant experience for the children and adults alike.