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Office of Film and Event Management Encourages Block Party Permits to Create Safest Trick-or-Treating Experience

PITTSBURGH — With the recently announced official Halloween Trick or Treat hours, the Office of Film and Event Management would like to remind residents that they can apply for a block party permit to extend their holiday festivities.

Typically, block party permits can only be issued on weekends or federal holidays, but Halloween is the exception—in an effort to make our local streets the safest possible environment for Pittsburgh’s kids as they trick or treat.

Halloween block party permits are valid from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The applications must still meet the rest of the block party permit requirements: 

  • The applicant must live on the block being closed
  • Permits can only be issued for streets in residentially-zoned areas
  • Closures are limited to one block in length
  • Permitted block parties must be open to the public and no admission fees can be charged
  • All residents of the requested block must be informed by the applicant of the permit request, and any residents that need to access their homes during the closure must be accommodated
  • If there is a PRT route on any street being requested to be closed, a permit can only be issued if a PRT detour can be accommodated. 

Churches and other houses of worship are also eligible to apply for block party permits, so long as they are located on the street being requested and the rest of the conditions are met.

The fee for these permits is $25 and the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 23, to be accepted. The application can be found at:

All questions regarding block party permits can be directed to the Office of Film & Event Management at:



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Emily Bourne
Public Information Officer
Public Safety