Trick or treating may get specific night

July 02, 1997

Hagerstown residents might be asked to trick or treat on a specific night this Halloween season to prevent problems that occur when residents trick or treat outside their neighborhood, city officials said Tuesday.

At least three council members - Metzner, William Breichner and J. Wallace "Wally" McClure - said they liked the idea of the city designating a trick or treat night.

It could be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., officials said.

"Trick or treating is for the neighborhood, for the kids. Not for other neighborhoods to go to another neighborhoods' trick or treat night," said Councilman Lewis C. Metzner.

One way to minimize problems on trick or treat nights is to keep kids in their own neighborhood, Metzner said.

Having the event on a week night also encourages parents to make sure their children get home at a reasonable hour, he said.


Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein also suggested setting an age limit so 17- and 18-year-olds weren't out trick or treating.

Breichner said residents can decide for themselves to whom to give treats.

Metzner said city officials could designate a day for trick or treating, but wouldn't mandate it so neighborhoods could hold trick or treating on another night.

The city's designated trick or treat night would include city promotion and overtime police officers to make sure things stay safe, Metzner said.

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