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Trick, treat becomes moveable feast

Communities change day over weather concerns

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Zander Napierala, 3, left, and Jonathan Rosche, 4, participate in the preschool Halloween celebration Tuesday at Olivet Christian Nursery School in Sylvania.

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The windy and rainy side ef­fects of Hur­ri­cane Sandy have prompted a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ties to toy with the some­times sen­si­tive is­sue of when to have trick-or-treat.

“It would seem to be such a lit­tle is­sue, but peo­ple take it so se­ri­ously and ev­ery­one has a strong opin­ion as to when it should be,” said North­wood City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Bob Ander­son.

North­wood was among some 18 north­west Ohio com­mu­ni­ties that de­cided to post­pone the Hal­low­een tra­di­tion un­til this week­end be­cause of the weather.

North­wood of­fi­cials con­sulted with the school su­per­in­ten­dent be­fore set­tling on 6 to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day for trick-or-treat. The un­de­feated North­wood Rangers are tak­ing on Patrick Henry High School in a Divi­sion V first-round foot­ball play­off game on Satur­day night.

“You couldn’t imag­ine the phone calls we would’ve got­ten if we would’ve said trick-or-treat was Satur­day,” Mr. Ander­son said.

Wal­bridge Vil­lage Coun­cil planned to hold a spe­cial meet­ing this morn­ing to of­fi­cially change trick-or-treat time from to­day to 6 to 7:30 p.m. Satur­day.

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“By Mon­day eve­ning as you could see the weather com­ing in, it just made sense that to have the lit­tle ones out and about on Wed­nes­day eve­ning would be dan­ger­ous,” said Coun­cil­man Sue Hart-Douglas, who chairs the parks and rec­re­ation com­mit­tee. “With the rain, the wind, the cold, we thought it was bet­ter to de­lay.”

In other cit­ies, of­fi­cials talked about post­pon­ing but ul­ti­mately de­cided against it.

Toledo, Syl­va­nia, Hol­land, and Per­rys­burg were among those that will have trick-or-treat to­day, come what may.

“The weather is the weather,” said Jen Sor­gen­frei, spokes­man for Toledo Mayor Mike Bell. “We’ve never changed it in the past, and we’ve had rain and wind be­fore. What’s to say it won’t be windy or rainy on Satur­day if we post­pone it un­til then?”

In Bowl­ing Green, As­sis­tant Munic­i­pal Ad­min­is­tra­tor Lori Tret­ter also said the city planned to leave well enough alone and keep trick-or-treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to­day.

In 2004, then-Mayor John Quinn came un­der fire for mov­ing trick-or-treat to af­ter­noon hours on Oct. 30, which he thought would be pref­er­a­ble to the eve­ning when there were sport­ing events or to Oct. 31 which fell on a Sun­day that year. City Coun­cil ul­ti­mately de­cided to re­verse the mayor's de­ci­sion and hold trick-or-treat on Oct. 31 in the eve­ning, af­ter dark.

Ross­ford opted to move its trick-or-treat times to 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sun­day, which didn’t bother Amy Saran­tou at all. The Syl­va­nia woman said her fam­ily tra­di­tion­ally goes to her par­ents’ home in Ross­ford for a Hal­low­een feast fol­lowed by trick-or-treat­ing as a fam­ily.

“It’s all about safety and what’s best for the chil­dren,” she said. “They would be mis­er­a­ble if we get the weather they’re ex­pect­ing plus there wouldn’t be the same turn­out. ... I’m glad they changed it to be hon­est be­cause I know it wouldn’t have been as fun.”

Con­tact Jen­ni­fer Fee­han at:jfee­han@the­blade.co­mor 419-724-6129.

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