Depending on where you live in the Town of Berryville, the annual observance of Halloween can represent anything from a joy filled evening of costumed children to a deluge of candy gobbling visitants ranging in age from toddlers to adults. The latter often represents a significant investment that can cost upwards of a hundred dollars to placate the the crowds. Regardless of where you fall in the spectrum of this time honored autumn event, the Town of Berryville would like to make the evening as safe and convenient as possible.
This year, October 31st falls on a Sunday. As a result Town Manager Keith Dalton brought a suggestion to the Town Council at Tuesday’s meeting to move the official day for “Trick or Treating” in the Town of Berryville to Saturday.
Mayor Wilson Kirby was immediately behind the idea saying, “I would prefer Saturday to Sunday.”
Ward Three Council Member, Mary Daniel, espoused a more traditional view of the holiday saying, “I like trick or treating on Halloween. Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day were both moved to Mondays, I like Halloween on the 31st.”
Laughing, Ms. Daniel turned to the town manger and added, “So can you do something better, I want something more.”
Mr Dalton laughed but addressed the underlying ideas for the move saying, “As a parent I am concerned about getting the kids in, they are going to be up late on a school night. ”
Chief of Police Neal White expressed additional concerns saying, “I just have a staffing concern with it. As it is falling on a weekend I would anticipate more of the older kids being out involved in nefarious things on Saturday so to double up patrols on both Saturday and Sunday could be a bit of a burden.”
The idea, it turns out, is not unique to Berryville. Chief White added, “We also checked with other jurisdictions, specifically Jefferson County since we tend to get their overflow. They are doing it on Saturday as well, so we will have more local children on Saturday and not have to deal with overflow on Sunday.”
Consensus leaned towards Saturday but concern was raised over possible confusion. The town plans to notify residents of the official observance of Halloween in the next water bill due to go out September 25th. The town also plans to post the information on it’s website.
The council agreed to the change and the motion passed. So be prepared for the goblins, ghouls and movie characters on Saturday, October 30th and turn out the lights on Sunday.