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Halloween season is upon us, with pumpkin-shaped candy hitting stores, spooky decorations going up and kids preparing costumes for their big night: trick or treat.

At York Township's Make Believin' Costumes, at 2709 S. Queen St., store owner, Debbi Reck said, "a lot of kids have been going the scary route this year," with choices such as skeletons, vampires, zombies, mummies and characters from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

And another big seller is non-trademarked characters based on the popular video game "Fortnite" — a multiplayer interactive zombie survival game.

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Adults are choosing pirates, Roaring '20s-themes, classics such as Jekyll and Hyde and decade-based characters including rock stars from the band Kiss, she said, while both kids and adults are less inclined to be superheroes this year.

Tips: To help families prepare for the annual tradition, Patient First released a list of tips to help children who are more sensitive to sights and sounds, including wearing comfortable, lightweight clothing that is well-fitted with minimal extras such as masks and layers; walking the route ahead of time; and learning Halloween street safety and manners.

Any parents worried about food treats can have candy X-rayed for free at the urgent care center, located at 2960 E. Market St., in Springettsbury Township, from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 26-Nov. 3, or look for teal pumpkins — a sign that houses are giving away nonfood treats.

Local firm KGB Injury Law also advised homeowners to remove tripping hazards, take care to not overload extension cords, and keep pathways well-lit.

A full list of trick-or-treat dates and times can be found below, along with information on special events. Several municipalities have asked that residents leave their porch lights on if they are welcoming trick-or-treaters.

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Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m.

  • Hanover
  • Manheim Township 
  • Penn Township 

Thursday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m.

  • Carroll Township 
  • Franklin Township
  • Franklintown 
  • Lewisberry
  • Monaghan Township 
  • Newberry Township
  • Dillsburg

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

  • Chanceford Township
  • Codorus Township
  • Conewago Township
  • Cross Roads
  • Dallastown
  • Delta
  • Dover
  • Dover Township
  • East Hopewell Township
  • East Manchester Township
  • East Prospect 
  • Fairview Township
  • Fawn Grove
  • Fawn Township 
  • Felton
  • Glen Rock
  • Goldsboro
  • Hallam
  • Hellam Township 
  • Hopewell Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Jacobus
  • Jefferson
  • Loganville
  • Lower Windsor Township
  • Manchester
  • Manchester Township
  • Mount Wolf
  • New Freedom
  • New Salem
  • North Codorus Township
  • North Hopewell Township
  • North York
  • Paradise Township
  • Railroad
  • Red Lion 
  • Seven Valleys
  • Shrewsbury 
  • Shrewsbury Township
  • Springettsbury Township
  • Springfield Township 
  • Spring Garden Township
  • Spring Grove
  • Stewartstown 
  • Windsor Township 
  • Wrightsville 
  • Lower Windsor Township 
  • Manchester 
  • Wellsville
  • West Manchester Township
  • West Manheim 
  • West York
  • Warrington Township 
  • Windsor
  • Windsor Township
  • Winterstown
  • Wrightsville
  • Yoe
  • York City
  • York Haven
  • York Township 
  • Yorkana

Peach Bottom and Washington townships do not observe trick-or-treating at a specific date and time. Lower Chanceford Township did not respond to messages seeking trick-or-treat dates.

Dallastown: Halloween parade at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, beginning at Dallastown Area High School, at 700 New School Lane, following South Pleasant Avenue to East Main Street, west to South Walnut Street to return to the school. Roads will shut down at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit dallastownboro.com.

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Locust Grove United Church of Christ: Trunk or treat, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the parking lot of the church, 1035 Locust Grove Road, in Windsor Township. Children under 12 must be with an adult. Information: 717-755-1318.

Codorus State Park: Halloween in the Park, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at the park, 2600 Smith Station Road, in Penn Township (visitor's center). Trick or treat is 6-8:30 p.m. Information: halloweeninthepark.org.

Manchester: Halloween parade at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, beginning at Route 181 (North George Street, South Main Street), continuing through Manchester down Maple Street to the square in Mount Wolf. Information: manchesterborough.com.

Trinity Roth's United Church of Christ: Trunk or treat, 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at the church, 6417 Church Road, in Jackson Township. Information: 717-225-6041.

Loganville: Children's Halloween party, including trunk or treat, at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in the cafeteria of Loganville Springfield Elementary School, 169 N. Main St., in Loganville. The party is free for residents of Jacobus and Loganville and Springfield Township. Information: Call Crystal Mueller at 717-586-1899.

Hanover: Halloween parade, 7:30-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at Wirt Avenue on Baltimore Street, continuing through Center Square to Third Street. Information: hanoverareajaycees.com.

Spry Church: Trunk or treat, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Community Youth Center, across the street from the church, 50 School St., in York Township. Information: 717-741-1429 or sprychurch.com

Manheim Township: Trunk or treat, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27, at Manheim Adventure Community Park. Information: manheimtwpyorkpa.org.

Hershaull Park: Trunk or treat, held rain or shine, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7677 Church Road, in East Hopewell Township. Information: 717-993-2248. 

Championship Martial Arts Hanover: Trunk or treat, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the martial arts parking lot, 1150 Carlisle St., No. 22, in Penn Township. Information: visit the event's Facebook page.

Jackson Township: Pumpkin trail, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Little Creek Golf Course, 1657 Route 116, in the township. A $5 donation is requested, and the rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28. For more information, see the September newsletter at jacksontwpyork.org.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church: Trunk or treat, 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the church, 947 N. George St., in North York. Information: 717-854-0589. 

York City: York Halloween Parade, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, beginning at South Richland Avenue, following West Market Street to Broad Street, in York City. Information: yorkhalloweenparade.com.

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Heidelberg Township: Trunk or treat, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Porters Community Fire Company, 1199 Porters Road, in Heidelberg Township. Information: 717-225-6606.

Warrington Township: Trunk or treat, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the township park. Information: warringtontwp.org.

West Manchester Township: Truck or treat, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Loman Park, 1881 Hempfield Drive, followed by a showing of the movie "Halloweentown" at 7:30 p.m. Information: westmanchestertownship.com.

York City: Trunk or treat, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at three locations: United Way, 800 E. King St.; St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 839 W. Market St.; and Veteran’s Memorial Park, 901 Vander Ave. To register a vehicle, email Tina Charles at yorkcitytrunkortreat@gmail.com. Information: yorkcity.org.

Manchester Township: Halloween party for ages 12 and under, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Manchester Township Complex, 3200 Farmtrail Road. For more information, see the fall newsletter at mantwp.com.

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