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The thought process behind moving or not moving trick or treat times


Kids love Halloween and trick or treating.  And City leaders know just how important the holiday tradition is.  That's why they put a lot of thought into changing trick or treating when severe weather threatens.

Due to inclement weather, some Michiana communities decided to move their trick or treat times.  Warsaw is one of the cities that decided to move trick or treating to Friday.  Warsaw's Mayor, Joe Thallemer, said safety was the big factor in their decision.  "With the wind blowing, the rain, the leaves, chance for thunderstorms we just felt besides being a miserable night probably wasn't going to be a real safe night for anybody to be trick or treating," said Thallemer.

Mishawaka decided to keep trick or treating as scheduled.  Mayor Dave Wood said they weren't expecting the real severe weather to hit in that area and changing it would inconvenience even more people than the weather.  "Tomorrow night we have a hometown high school football playoff game here in Mishawaka which would hit exactly the same time as trick or treating." said Wood. "So it'd be very difficult and impractical to move it to tomorrow night and some with Saturday, you get into Notre Dame.  There's really no perfect time."

Not everyone may agree with that decision. Jacqueline Katzenberger, who took kids trick or treating at University Park mall, said, "I think it's a better idea to postpone rather than having the kids in the rain."

Mayor Wood understands that too.  "You can't win in this decision so that's why we tend to keep it on the traditional nights."

For those who really didn't want to be in the rain tonight there was another option.  The University Park Mall offered indoor trick or treating that was packed.  Kids went around from store to store getting candy.  The mall said just one store alone gave out 35 hundred pieces of candy in the first hour.  Multiply that by almost every store in the mall and that's a lot of candy given out.

For trick-or-treating times on Friday and throughout the weekend, just click the link at the top of this story.

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