McArthur Council sets village Trick or Treat, discusses future changes
McARTHUR — The date and time for Trick or Treat in the village of McArthur were set in October’s village council meeting, but some members of council believe changes should be made to how the village celebrates the holiday in the future.
Council members voted to hold Trick or Treat within the village on the last Sunday of the month — October 27 — between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. The villages of Hamden, Wilkesville and Zaleski will also be celebrating Trick or Treat on the same date and time.
Councilman Dana Peters told council “It’s more traditional” to have Trick or Treat festivities in the evening on Halloween.
Mayor Jim Wooddell said he understands the desire to conduct the event in a more traditional way, but said safety of the children is a greater concern.
“I think we need all the daylight we can get to keep (the children) halfway safe,” Wooddell said. “My recommendation is to have it 2-4 p.m. for safety reasons.”
Peters told Wooddell other areas outside of the county hold Trick or Treat events on Halloween night. He said McArthur used to do the same, but that has changed and without problems regarding safety.
“Is it more unsafe here in McArthur? It was Halloween for years and years here,” Peters said.
Village Police Chief Tony Wood said he will work to have the same number of officers protecting the streets whether the event be held at daytime or nighttime. He said he does not recall any problems during Trick or Treat events throughout his time in office, for day time or night time Trick or Treat events.
Wooddell said he still recommends holding the event during the afternoon hours for safety reasons. He said last year there were more than 600 people walking the streets during McArthur’s Trick or Treat event, and said it was both cold and rainy at that time.
Council members voted to have Trick or Treat the last Sunday of October between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m., but members have agreed to meet at an earlier date next year to discuss when to hold the event in the future.
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