Trick-or-treat is evening before Halloween
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In his 10 years as the county recorder for Putnam County, Brian Donat has received one complaint about the county's trick-or-treat hours.
That was this year, when he received an email asking why the hours are on Tuesday instead of on Wednesday, which is Halloween.
Donat understands the concern, but his answer is a simple one: when scheduling trick-or-treating, officials try to avoid family activities that would cause scheduling conflicts.
As a general rule, Donat and other local officials avoid scheduling trick-or-treat times for Wednesday or Friday - Friday because of sporting events, and Wednesday because of evening church services.
And Deverly Page, who works in constituent services in the mayor's office in Charleston, said the city has long avoided scheduling activities over weekends to help curb vandalism and pranks.
It's been at least a decade since kids went trick-or-treating on a weekend in this area, she said.
"It's a safety issue," Page said.
In general, county officials set times only for the unincorporated areas within the county, but the cities usually follow suit. There are subtle differences in time throughout the area, but they mainly follow the same template: between one and two hours on a weekday near Halloween, but not on Wednesday.
Page said she receives requests every year to list shorter trick-or-treat hours - presumably because a shorter time period means less candy to give out or houses to get to with the kids. Other counties or cities do list shorter hours, but the mayor's office in Charleston has continued to decline and give children two hours to walk door to door.
"It's been this way for years and that's the way it's stayed," Page said.
Areas will observe trick-or-treat night on Oct. 30 at the following times:
* Unincorporated parts of Kanawha and Putnam counties: 6-8 p.m.
* Charleston, St. Albans, South Charleston, and Dunbar: 6-8 p.m.
* Nitro: 6-7:30 p.m.; Halloween Hoedown 7-9:30 p.m. at City Park
* Belle and Glasgow: 6-7 p.m.
* Bancroft: 6-7:30 p.m.
* Jackson County: 6-7:30 p.m.
* Boone County: 5-7 p.m.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at email@example.com or 304-348-4872.