Before Halloween, Pitcairn will hold a Harvest Festival on October 29.
The parade starts at 12:30pm at Pitcairn Assembly of God Church, 520 Wall Ave. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and goes south on Wall Avenue to Broadway Boulevard, then east to Pitcairn Hose. Company No.1. members of the Pitcairn police and fire departments.
After the parade, kids can do tricks and get candy from a variety of organizations inside and outside the fire company building.
On the same day, Monroeville Recreation and Parks, in conjunction with the Monroeville Public Library, is presenting an Trail of Treats from 4 to 7 p.m. at Monroeville Community Park West, 2399 Tilbrook Road.
“We’re always very excited for our community events,” said Danielle Cole, program and events manager for the parks department. “We’re going to set up cars on the road for some kind of box or something. I think it’s going to be really cool. I’m looking forward to it.”
There will be cars parked on the street where children can stop to get candy. Those wishing to enter their vehicles for participation are welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the department at 412-856-1006.
During the event, there will be a best decorated trunk contest and a costume contest. Judges will be stationed in the gazebo on the sidewalk to view the costumes. The costume contest will be divided into several categories, and the winners will receive mystery prizes.
“In the past, we’ve had different categories based on age, horror, most creative, home use, that kind of thing,” Cole said. “Each customer is asked to bring food to share. Even if they don’t win the competition, nobody walks away with nothing.”
At the end of the event, children are invited to participate in a Halloween story reading at the theater hosted by the Monroeville Public Library. Children of all ages are welcome to the event and are asked to bring their own treats or treat bags to collect candy.
On October 31, trick-or-treating is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. in Monroeville and Pitcairn.
The city of Monroeville offers these seasonal safety tips:
• Use glow sticks or battery operated candles for flashlights and other Halloween decorations.
• When choosing jewelry, avoid long, last fabric.
• Give children flashlights to use for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes.
• Teach children to stay away from open flames, including candles that contain candles.
• Keep Halloween decorations away from flames and other hot objects, such as light bulbs and heaters.
• Remember to clean outdoor decorations so that nothing blocks the access roads. Make sure all smoke alarms are in working order.