Oswego Village Board Discusses Changes to Trick-Or-Treat Hours

Aleady posted trick-or-treat hours will remain in effect.

At what point should the doorbell stop ringing on Halloween night?

Oswego Village trustees discussed the issue of trick-or-treating hours at Tuesday night's board meeting and if changes should be made.

Village president Brian LeClercq said there had been a motion to move trick-or-treating hours to 4 to 8 p.m. They currently stand at 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Village trustee Terry Michels said it was the end time of trick-or-treating that is creating a problem.

“People say if your lights are turned out they won’t come to your door, but they do," he said.

Michels suggested that three hours of trick-or-treating is “more than enough,” adding the hours should be set for 4 to 7 p.m. 

On the opposite end trustee Scott Volpe thought the hours should start earlier, at 3 p.m. as he said there were “two rounds” of trick-or-treating; the little kids and then the older kids.

Trustee Gail Johnson said her only concern with earlier hours is some parents don’t get home from work until 5 p.m.

“Not to be harsh, but does it really matter what the trick-or-treating hours (are)?” asked trustee Tony Giles. “Most neighborhoods self-discipline. Are we going to arrest people who are out? No.”

Johnson pointed out that this year’s hours had already been posted and the entire board agreed to not make any changes.

LeClercq said they would have a discussion in November after seeing how trick-or-treating goes this year to see if there should be changes.

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TELL US: What time do you think trick-or-treating should start and/or end at? Do you have any trouble with late night trick-or-treaters?

Rob Katz October 18, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Here's a radical concept... How about the board sending out a reminder to the community took have parents remind their trick-or-treaters of the time honored tradition that if the porch light is off, DON'T KNOCK ON THE DOOR!!!
Meredith DeLeo October 18, 2012 at 01:01 PM
How about.....its Halloweeen. Everyone relax and enjoy the evening. If you're that stressed about your doorbell ringing, disconnect it. I for 1 am thrilled that THIS is a hot topic in Oswego, if its our biggest issue, we're doing pretty well....eh? Society has dictated that kids can't be kids as we were. Can't they have 1 day to be cRazY by getting candy from neighbors? Let's not be so uptight people!!!! Happy Halloween!
Crystal Robinson October 18, 2012 at 01:03 PM
The end time doesn't bother me as much as the start time! The past few years I have had trick or treaters at my door before my own kids were home from school! This year, because of the change to tiered dismissal times for some District 308 schools, some of our elementary students will not be dismissed from school until 3:40 so it seems totally unnecessary to begin trick or treating while many students are still in class. A large number of people aren't even home until at least 5:00 or 5:30 so those trick or treaters that start at the ridiculous hour of 3:30 walk away empty-handed from many houses who would ordinarily participate in the time-honored tradition of passing out candy and treats. I would like to see the hours set at 5-8 as that provides plenty of time to visit the homes of friends and neighbors. This time frame would also be safer for pedestrians as well as drivers as by 5:00 p.m., most bus routes have been completed and traffic in the neighborhoods where schools are located would be much lighter.
jody haltenhof October 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
This must be a joke. Doesn't the Village have more important business to take care of?
Jane Enviere October 18, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Kathy October 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
While I agree it's not the most important topic the Board has to discuss, it ultimately IS their responsibility to set the hours, so it's going to be an Agenda item for them at some point. I think 3:00 is a little early because most kids and adults aren't home yet, but on the other hand it give little kids time to go out before the bigger kids get home. We usually don't have anybody ring our doorbell after 7:30 pm when Halloween is during the week. I think Oswego has longer hours than most towns around us, but I could be wrong. :)
Sandra Hering October 18, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I agree 100% Jody? How about the Metra issue and the parking in downtown Oswego? Way more important. If you do not want to hand out candy to the kids, just do not answer your door.
Loreta J. October 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
It's funny. People complain that the village should have more important issues to take care of. However, when the hours were originally posted, there was a huge uproar about the times, etc. The village obviously listened to the people and are considering their input and concerns and now people are complaining about that! Geez.
Nicki October 18, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I agree with Panthermom. My kids don't get off the bus until almost 4. And my kids are taught just like I was if the porch light is off we do not knock.
RF October 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I also agree! 3:30 is ridiculously early.
tr October 18, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Just do 4:30 until 8:00 pm so simple..
mike ellison October 18, 2012 at 04:37 PM
3:30 is way too early and likely way before most people get home from work. It's really a security issue for the homeowners. No one wants lots of kids coming up to their front door when they're not home- especially kids who might not be too pleased that no one gave them candy. When I grew up, everyone went out after dinner. This mid-afternoon time period is ridiculously early. If parents went with their kids then a later time should work just as well.
Just Sayin October 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
5-8 sounds good to me! We are not even home until 5pm on most days.
Christine Kinley October 18, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I agree too. 5-8 sounds good. And a reminder to people who aren't giving out candy to leave their lights off, and to parents to remind their kids every year (because the kids do forget) not to go to a house with lights off.
kel-liy October 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
This is absolutely ridiculous little kids/toddlers go out early! Most parents don't take little children out with the bigger kids so they start at 3:30. Would you let your super excited 2 year old run up to homes in the dark with a ton a children all over in costumes No you would not. That is why they have time while its light out but now your concerned about the safety of your property from small children.....its one day a year don't try to exclude certain ages because you find it as an inconvenience.
Jerry Bannister October 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Have we really gotten to the point where the government needs to micro-manage us to this degree? Somehow me and my buddies managed to survive many Halloweens without incident. Well a few pumpkins may have been worse for the wear, but that's another subject LOL. If you are smart enough to well...exist, then apply some of your God-given common sense and get through this extreme trial-of-life we call Halloween and go get some candy with your kids. GEEZ, does everything need to be this hard?
Logansdad October 18, 2012 at 07:42 PM
When I grew up there were not set hours for Trick or Treeting. We went after school, until it was dark. I have no issues with people coming at 8pm or even 8:30. I dont get home until after 6pm so those that come early miss out. When Halloween falls on the weekend, I wouldn't mind if kids came late morning or early afternoon.
LSJ October 18, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I could not have said it better! Lighten up, it's supposed to be FUN!
iuhjk punjai October 19, 2012 at 03:06 AM
bah humbug oh! sorry ,wrong holiday but same thought applies to this one.
Dave Bucher October 19, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The story Nov 1 will read "100's of kids arrested in surprise sting operation for trick or treating outside of specified hours".
Greyson October 28, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Dave i can see that now! I agree with kel liy i have two little ones and it's kind of nerve wrecking when it's dark and all the costumes heck it's nerve wrecking when it's lighter my son is to trusting, but that doesn't mean they should get excluded. I also agree that it's one day a year let the kids have fun. I don't car what time kids knock at my door as long as they are having fun because it's so exciting for them!


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