2010 Official Times for Local Trick or Treating

Batten down the hatches and light your torches, it’s almost Halloween. The candy gobbling hordes will hit the streets this weekend so stock up on candy and be prepared for the pending onslaught at your door. However, depending on where you live, you may need to break out the bite-sized candies on October 30th instead of the 31st. This year Halloween falls on a Sunday which has thrown a kink into celebrations and has led many jurisdictions to schedule “Official Trick or Treating” on Saturday October 30th. A few however, will still be observing the holiday on the actual date.

To stem the confusion we have amassed a list of local jurisdictions who provide official hours for Trick or Treating. We will add more as they become available.

Trick or Treating in Clarke County:

Clarke County – No official hours Oct. 31
Berryville
- Oct. 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Boyce – Oct. 30 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Trick or Treating in Frederick County:

Frederick County – No official hours Oct. 31
Middletown -
Oct. 30 from 6:00 to 9:00p.m.
Stephens City
– Oct. 31 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Winchester -
Oct. 31 with no official beginning but ending at 9:00PM
Walking Mall
– Oct. 30 the old town mall will have trick or treating 3:30PM-5:00PM

Trick or Treating in Jefferson County:

Shepherdstown - Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Bolivar - Saturday, Oct. 30 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Harpers Ferry – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Charles Town - Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
Ranson - Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Trick or Treating in Loudoun County:

Loudoun County – No official hours Oct. 31
Purcellville - October 31 6:00PM until 9:00PM
Hillsboro –   October 31 from 6:ooPM to 9:00PM
Lovettsville – October 31 between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM

Comments

  1. Thank you!

  2. This is so flipping ridiculous!!! Halloween is Oct. 31. Leave it there!

  3. If you’re Trick or Treating in Berryville, consider stopping by Berryville Baptist Church around 7 for Trunk ‘n Treat in our parking lot, and story time in a CAVE!

  4. Again, the good ‘ol boy network is at it again.

    Since Keith Dalton was worried about his children getting in late on a school night, the town changed the day. It must be nice to be in a position of power and use it to your advantage.

    • EX-COUNCIL MEMBER says:

      The town manager doesn’t have a vote.

      • It was his suggestion in the first place, according to the report in the CDN. As far as police coverage, isn’t it more of a potential problem if all the neighboring communities of Winchester, Charles Town, Front Royal, etc., etc., etc. decide to double dip and trick or treat here on Sat. in addition to their own communities on Sunday? Just hope they don’t start making this a trend . . .”New Year’s Eve falls on a Sat., too many drunks already, let’s move it to the next Tuesday!” Anyway, my kids were initially disappointed until they realized this means they get their loot one day earlier!

        • Hey, turnabout is fair play. Take our kids over there Sunday evening for some double-dipping action!

        • Readers might benefit from quoting some of the original text of the CDN article:

          http://www.clarkedailynews.com/breaking-news-halloween-will-be/12445/
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          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.

          • The band Winger says:

            Oh yeah, I remember this….Staffing concern, overflow, up late, preferences.

            I shouldnt compare, but I will anyways. What about the 4th of July? Talk about overflow and staffing concern. My point is, it doesnt matter what night you hold it on. We shouldnt adjust traditions because ‘other jurisdictions do it’ and ‘personal preferences’.

            With that being said……too late, oh well!

          • Right….so…..what’s your point? Dalton doesn’t want his kids out late. Just like I said earlier.

            Leave trick or treating alone. Don’t we have bigger fish to fry in this town than to mess with the kids? I guess since the high school is finally being built, he needed to find something else to block.

          • My point was pretty clear …

            “Readers might benefit from quoting some of the original text of the CDN article”

            I have no dog in this hunt, Frank.

  5. what’s up with the curfew? pretty stupid if you ask me…

  6. So…in 2011, October 31st (HALLOWEEN!) falls on a Monday. In 2012, it falls on a Wednesday (thanks to Leap Year). As best as I can determine, these are both school nights…what happens then?

    • Exactly what I was thinking, JAFO. So when it falls on Thursday will it move to Friday because it isn’t a school night? Let’s just celebrate Samhain and drop Halloween altogether…. Everyone in favor say, aye!

  7. Actually, If you look at the schedules doe other jurisdictions in the above article, the neighboring jurisdictions cited in the original story:

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    “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.”
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    about changing the date for our kids have not done so, you’ll note that the actual TOWNS in that county have stuck to the actual holiday…(most kids go to the closest town in their county to T or T anyway- who drives down back county roads to go from house to house for miles):

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    “Harpers Ferry – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    Charles Town – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    Ranson – Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM
    Purcellville – October 31 6:00PM until 9:00PM
    Hillsboro – October 31 from 6:ooPM to 9:00PM
    Lovettsville – October 31 between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM
    Stephens City – Oct. 31 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
    Winchester – Oct. 31 with no official beginning but ending at 9:00PM”
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    ,which is as it should be, Realistically Halloween is going to fall on a school night 5 times out of every 7 years and it always has. First and foremost it is up to individual families to decide what is an appropriate time for their kids to be at home and in bed on school nights, not the local government, when it comes to using that as an excuse for changing the date of a holiday celebration to suit their own personal desires, if you don’t want to be bothered on a school night by trick or treaters, turn off your outside lights, most parents know this signals a home that is not participating, and respect that. And as a parent who has walked the neighborhood streets in Berryville with her kids every year, almost all of the kids are accompanied by adults and behave respectfully, this includes the teenagers I have seen trick or treating as well. Honestly, the town needs to back off. You do not control everything. And traditions and holidays that have been around for years should not be up for alteration, next they’ll be telling us what we can and cannot celebrate.