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Mayor Eddie Morán Invites the Residents of Reading to the First Halloween on Penn

READING – October 19th: Today, Mayor Eddie Morán released information regarding Halloween on Penn with Mayor Eddie Morán, a community event happening this Wednesday, October 20th, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the 500 block of Penn Street.

"Searching and brainstorming ideas to bring the community together, we came up with Halloween on Penn; a safe, fun, and memorable event for families, adults and children," said Mayor Morán. "I encourage everyone to get into the Halloween spirit by wearing costumes, although they are not required."

Mayor Morán said he envisioned a large block party where the kids can safely collect candies, find surprises, take home some treats, show off their costumes, and have a blast with their friends. Parents will find information regarding afterschool programs, outstanding family-oriented organizations, athletic and artistic groups, and above all, good-paying employment opportunities in the biggest job fair Reading has ever seen, everything in the same place.

Admission is free of charge and open to everyone. Goodie bags will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but Morán encourages bringing your own trick-or-treat bags. In addition, each organization will provide candies or a kid-friendly activity as a requirement to participate in the event.

In terms of traffic and safety, intersections on North 5th and 6th with Penn Street will be barricaded for safety and crowd control purposes. Penn Street's westbound and eastbound traffic will be restricted beginning at noon (12:00 pm) until approximately 9:00 pm. A detour will be posted.

For parking, the Reading Parking Authority announced that metered parking would not be enforced as well as the following lots and garages will be free of charge from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm:

  • DoubleTree Parking Garage (750 Court St.)
  • 5th & Cherry Street Parking Lot (29 South 5th St.); and
  • State Building Parking Lot (644 Penn St.)