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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?

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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