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Communities ready for 'beggar's night'

Though Halloween traditionally falls on Oct. 31, children in costumes will be ringing doorbells for trick-or-treat observances as early as Thursday in some area communities.

And those that go out for observances Oct. 30 or 31 should be prepared to do so in the dark. That's because daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Oct. 30.

Most communities in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan will follow the traditional Oct. 31 date this year, but not always the same hours for what some also refer to as beggar's night.

Some communities have traditionally celebrated the event on one date, or avoided holding it Oct. 31, if the date falls on Sunday because of religious concerns.

In Findlay, it's the last Thursday of the month, regardless of whether that happens to be Oct. 31 or not. "They wanted the continuity of knowing when it was going to be every year so people could plan on it," Findlay Mayor Tony Iriti said, noting that holding it on Oct. 31 each year would mean that trick-or-treat would eventually conflict with a Friday night and high school football games.

In an effort to bring more continuity to the Halloween observance, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission board passed a resolution last November supporting a uniform date and time frame for trick-or-treaters in the communities it serves, which includes Columbus and Franklin and Delaware counties.

The commission recommended that its members this year observe Halloween on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. to create a uniform, safer environment for children. Most communities have conformed to the cooperative date, said Marilyn Brown, MORPC public affairs director.

In northwest Ohio, the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments hasn't considered addressing the disparities in Halloween observance because no community among those they service has asked the agency to address the issue. "I don't know that anyone has considered that to be a problem," said TMACOG President Anthony Reams.

Here are the trick-or-treat hours for area communities in Ohio and Michigan. All times listed are on Oct. 31, unless otherwise noted:

Toledo: 6-8 p.m.

Archbold: 6-7:30 p.m.

Allen Township: 6-8 p.m.

Bellevue: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 30. A parade will be held downtown at 6 p.m. Oct. 27.

Bluffton: 6-8 p.m.

Bowling Green: 6:30-8 p.m.

Clay Center: 6-7:30 p.m.

Clay Township: 6-7:30 p.m.

Clyde: Parade at 3 p.m. Oct. 29, followed by trick-or-treating from 5-

6:30 p.m.

Delta: 6-7 p.m.

Elmore: 6-8 p.m.

Fayette: 6-7:30 p.m.

Findlay: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27. There will be a parade at 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Fostoria: 5-7 p.m.

Fremont: 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 30.

Genoa: 6-7:30 p.m.

Gibsonburg: 5-6:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Grand Rapids: 5-7 p.m. Parade at 7:30.

Harbor View: 6-8 p.m.

Haskins: 4:30-6 p.m. Oct. 29. Parade at 4 p.m.

Helena: 5-6 p.m. Oct. 30

Jerusalem Township: 6-8 p.m.

Lake Township: 6:30-8 p.m.

Lindsey: 4-6 p.m. Oct. 30

Luckey: 6-7:30 p.m.

Lyons: 5:30-7 p.m.

Maumee: 6-8 p.m.

McComb: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 27; parade at 7:30 p.m.

Metamora: 6-7:30 p.m., concluding with party at the fire hall with refreshments.

Millbury: 6:30-8 p.m.

Monclova Township: 6-8 p.m.

Monroeville: 1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 30, followed by a parade at 3:30 p.m. at Monroeville High School, ending with a costume contest at the village fire hall.

North Baltimore: 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27

Northwood: 6:30-8 p.m.

Norwalk: 6-7:30 p.m.

Oak Harbor: 6-8 p.m.

Oregon: 6-8 p.m.

Ottawa: 6-7 p.m. Oct. 27.

Ottawa Hills: 6-8 p.m.

Pemberville: 6-7:30 p.m.

Perrysburg: 6-8 p.m.

Perrysburg Township: 6-8 p.m.

Port Clinton: 6-7:30 p.m.

Providence Township: 5:30-7 p.m. Party at 7:15 at the fire station.

Rocky Ridge: 6-7:30 p.m.

Rossford: 6-8 p.m.

Sandusky: 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Springfield Township: 6-8 p.m.

Stony Ridge: 5:30-6:30 p.m., with a party at 7 p.m. in the community park.

Swanton: 6-7:30 p.m., followed by party at the fire hall on Church Street.

Sylvania Township: 6-7:30 p.m.

Sylvania: 6-7:30 p.m.

Tiffin: 6-8 p.m.

Waterville: 6-8 p.m.

Waterville Township: 6-8 p.m.

Walbridge: 6:30-8 p.m.

Wauseon: 6-7:30 p.m.

Weston: 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 29.

Whitehouse: 6-8 p.m.

Woodville: 5-7 p.m.

Adrian: 6-8 p.m.

Bedford Township: 6-8 p.m.

Blissfield: 5:30-7 p.m.

Dundee: 5:30-7 p.m.

Erie Township: 6-7:30 p.m.

Ida Township: 6-7:30 p.m.

LaSalle Township: 6-8 p.m.

Luna Pier: 6-7:30 p.m.

Monroe: 6:30-8 p.m.

Monroe Township: 6:30-8 p.m.

Summerfield Township: 6-7:30 p.m.

Tecumseh: 6-8 p.m.

Whiteford Township: 6-8 p.m.

Editor's Note: Communities not listed should contact The Blade at 419-724-6050 to have their times included.

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