As the leaves begin to cover the ground, communities around the tri-state area begin to decorate. It is the time of year for pranks and mischief. It is a time to dress up in strange and fascinating costumes. It is the time for bags of candy gathered from around the neighborhood. Many families will be able to enjoy the festivities, but they must know the times for different areas.
In Cabell County, West Virginia, there are a few different times in the various communities. Trick or treat is being held on the same date, October 28, 2010, but the times are slightly different, depending on the neighborhood. The official county time for trick or treat is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cabell County has held its trick or treat on the Thursday before Halloween for well over a decade and continuously end the trick or treat festivities within an hour or two after sunset. Officials have always said the earlier date and time reduces act of vandalism and violence because it is a school night and parents have their children home early for school the next day.
One city in the county, Barboursville, will conclude their trick or treat before the rest of the county. For residents of Barboursville, trick or treat is only from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This gives the local kids only an hour and a half to get their fill of candy. Of course, if somebody is already home and still has some candy leftover, candy seekers may be able to stretch trick or treat out a little later.
Huntington is following the standard set by the county and holding their trick or treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those venturing into the city, pick your area wisely. Many different selections of candy can be found throughout town.
Huntington is also conducting their annual safe trick or treat activities down by the courthouse. The safe trick or treat is during the same hours as the rest of the city. The reason it is considered a safe trick or treat is due to the street being closed so parents will have few concerns about their children getting run over by passing traffic. It is definitely a better place to go when parents have little ones who run constantly at break neck speeds.
As October 28 quickly approaches, remember to get a costume and some candy. Above all, be safe while out on the streets this Halloween.