Trick-or-treating on Halloween? In the evening? It can’t be. But it is.
Manchester’s youngsters, for the first time since the 1970s, will get the chance to trick-or-treat on Halloween, Sunday, Oct. 31, during the evening, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Mayor Ted Gatsas said he had received many calls and e-mails from parents asking for trick-or-treating to be returned to the evening. Police Chief David Mara had already set the trick-or-treat time for 1 to 4 p.m. but Mara agreed to consider moving it, Gatsas said, adding the final decision was all Mara’s.
“This at least allows the kids a little bit of dusk and to bring back trick-or-treating to what it used to be,” Gatsas said.
Gatsas said many people are happy with the change, though some think it should have remained as it was. Still, others aren’t happy the trick-or-treating coincides with the New England Patriots football game.
Mara is viewing this as a trial run.
“He wanted to try it,” Gatsas said. “We checked with other bigger cities around New England and they do it in the evening.”
The initial move away from the evening had to with increasing demands from a public safety standpoint, given that Manchester is a large city. In the past, trick-or-treating took place in the afternoon and as much as a week prior to the official date of Halloween.
“We’ll see what it’s like,” Gatsas said. “Hopefully, kids are out there having fun.”