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Halloween: Which day to trick or treat?

By Gracie Bond-Staples

Treat or treat? Saturday or Sunday?

Because Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, the big question isn’t what but when to go trick-or-treating?

The answer is about as mixed as the treats metro Atlanta residents will be serving up.

Halloween fell on Sunday in 1999 and 2004, and in both of those years some municipalities, churches and homeowner associations changed the calendar, marking Oct. 30 the unofficial day of Halloween.

A random check this year indicates more of the same with Canton, Woodstock, and Ball Ground in Cherokee County, all holding festivities on Saturday but leaving the decision up to parents. In Gwinnett and Cobb, officials avoided taking a position altogether.

Cobb Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, along with Cobb Public Safety, Safe Kids Cobb County and Cobb 4-H, however, will host the 11th annual Fall Festival of Fun 4-7 p.m. Saturday.

Please comment below to let us know when your community will trick or treat.

175 comments Add your comment

Rob

October 25th, 2010
6:30 pm

If you don’t come on Halloween (Sunday) you won’t get candy

Frank

October 25th, 2010
6:33 pm

Not sure I understand this nonsense around moving Halloween to Saturday, because it falls on Sunday. You don’t move it to Saturday when it falls on a Wednesday.

MB

October 25th, 2010
6:33 pm

There will only be candy on Sunday. If there’s any candy in the house on Saturday, I will be the one eating it. If you Christians really think God cares enough about Halloween to be offended by it being held on a Sunday, then you folks are crazier than I thought. I really don’t think he cares about children dressing in costumes and going out to get candy from neighbors. Chances are God is not offended by children having fun.

TR

October 25th, 2010
6:37 pm

Brian

October 25th, 2010
6:38 pm

Celebrate whenever YOU want. I avoid all the kids by leaving and going out for the night. I find it very interesting that lots of families leave their own neighborhoods and go into others because “those people give better candy”.

Me

October 25th, 2010
6:40 pm

I was thinking Sunday night is the night before a school night, which is Monday morning and that people were considering changing it because of school. I had no clue it was a christian ideology behind the changes. I am giving out my candy on Saturday, because Sunday night my children will be preparing for school on Monday morning.

Donald

October 25th, 2010
6:40 pm

I think the thought is that all us Christians will mostly be at church on Sunday night causing alot of porch lights to be off and less houses to get candy from.

The Captain

October 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

If your religion conflicts with other people having fun, the problem is yours, not everyone else’s. Halloween is sunday!

rlm

October 25th, 2010
6:41 pm

it has always been a tradition to have Halloween on a Saturday when it falls on a Sunday. This is common sense. Sunday is a school night. Stop dragging religion or lack of it into this. Some people are just morons.

Rich

October 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

It is funny that some people object to hallowween on Sunday. It was a day that children asked for treats to pray for the dead of the household. It realy is a religous holiday. All Hallows Eve, the eve of All Saints Day.

Mike Benzie

October 25th, 2010
6:42 pm

All: Thanks for commenting. In this case, not sure the move is related to religion so much as moving it off a school night. For instance, even if on a Monday, there might be some who trick or treat on a Saturday. Or maybe I’m being naive. Either way, it’d be nice to hear from you on what your neighborhoods and communities are doing just so homeowners and kids will be on the same page.

Andrea

October 25th, 2010
6:43 pm

Halloween falls on a Sunday, so this Christian is celebrating (along with my kids) on Sunday. All the other Christians can cast judgement on me all they want.

William

October 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

Give me a break. I love my church, and I know they would agree that Halloween today has nothing to do with The Big Guy, the Devil, or any other aspect of religon. Bible Belt blue laws and traditions are as useful now as daylight savings time, blank VHS tapes and, well, paper newspapers.

Halloween is for children, and those of us that try to be.

anna

October 25th, 2010
6:45 pm

i think halloween should be held on saturday because my kids have school on monday and every parent nos its no fun trying to wake kids up early after a long night of walking!

d

October 25th, 2010
6:48 pm

So, when Halloween is on a Monday next year, will you wait till Saturday to Trick-or-Treat because they have school on Tuesday?

Trey

October 25th, 2010
6:48 pm

Why should it really matter if it is Sunday or not? It is on school nights most years anyway.

Trey

October 25th, 2010
6:48 pm

Your blog is kind of backwards. It is 2 and 1, instead of 1 and 2.

David C

October 25th, 2010
6:51 pm

For all you morons who are moving the trick or treating to Saturday instead of Sunday because School is the next day. You guys are nuts!!! What do you do when Halloween falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday????

vturner

October 25th, 2010
6:51 pm

How can you get people to even get it together answering a question when they don’t even understand the question asked….I SUGGEST YOU ASK THE KIDS DUH!!!!!!

CanThinkForMyself

October 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

What do we do when Halloween falls on a Wednesday? Which is also a school night. They trick or treat on Wednesday, of course. This is a special night for the kiddies and I think they should celebrate on the real day (Sunday – this is honestly not a “Christian issue but a school night one”). Since it’s also a work night for me, I’m hoping trick or treaters will come by early in the evening. I will shut everything down at my house at 9PM. I live in the Lawrenceville/Lilburn area.

TuckerSwan

October 25th, 2010
6:55 pm

We are Christians but I find it interesting that I am now expected to have candy available on two nights instead of one to please everybody. Halloween is on Sunday this year, so that’s when we’ll be around to give out the candy and when we’ll take our son around the neighborhood. Not Saturday.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of people going on Saturday because it is a school night or due to religious beliefs. As kids, we went on whatever night Halloween fell on. Those kids who had parents who didn’t approve of Halloween (I didn’t know any myself) didn’t send their kids out at all.

Mike Benzie

October 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

Thanks, Trey. Just fixed it.

momof2

October 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

It is one day of the year! We only go out for an hour or so and I don’t think it is a big deal! I agree with other posters that commented that you don’t move it to Fri or Sat. if it comes on M-Th. Just have the kid take a nap or rest some in the afternoon.

My two cents

October 25th, 2010
6:56 pm

When I was growing up in the northeast, our community would often observe Halloween on a Friday or Saturday to avoid the school-night issue. I seem to remember that if it was on Sunday or Monday, then trick or treating was done on Saturday, and Wednesday or Thursday, then it was done on Friday. I don’t remember what happened on Tuesdays. It was just how that tiny town decided to handle it.

Forsyth county doesn’t have school on Monday or Tuesday, so the school night argument is out the window here. My neighborhood is observing it on Sunday because school’s not an issue.

Of course, I still don’t understand why I should give some random kid candy for coming to my house in a half-hearted attempt of a costume (wearing your rec team’s football jersey does NOT count as a costume). It’s a stupid tradition, IMHO

danner

October 25th, 2010
6:57 pm

BTW, I believe most of the parents who won’t celebrate Halloween on Sunday have what I call the “Not My Child” syndrome.

“Not my child” is going trick or treating on a Sunday!!!!
“Not my child” is going to dress up as a witch!!!
“Not my child” is going to dress up as the devil!!!

Vickie

October 25th, 2010
6:58 pm

School night, getting kids to bed?? It’s called moderation & control Parents. You don’t HAVE to have a long night of walking.’

Mike Benzie

October 25th, 2010
6:59 pm

You know, we’re forgetting this may all be a conspiracy by the children. More trick or treating days available means more candy. It’s possible.

Kris

October 25th, 2010
7:02 pm

I live in Fayetteville and a friend called the Chamber to ask and were told “Halloween is whenever the kids show up.” How ridiculous. Halloween is Sunday evening and it is about kids having fun and nothing religous. If you don’t want your kids out on a school night or because it is Sunday then go to the Avenue in PTC during the day on Saturday. Good grief. I just wish those in authority in the town would make up their minds and make a formal announcement so we know when to have our porch lights on.

Mb

October 25th, 2010
7:03 pm

I think the whole Sat stuff is silly. Halloween is the 31st! It falls on a Sunday, so be it!

JATL

October 25th, 2010
7:08 pm

It makes me SO mad for trick or treating to be “scheduled” on any other day than HALLOWEEN, October 31st! So what if it’s a school night? Can’t your kids stay up until 8:30 one night and trick or treat? Is it really so awful? If you come to my house any other night, you’ll get NOTHING. I have two jobs, and I find most stupid ideas like this boil down to lazy parents who just can’t possibly do one other thing after their “tiring” day of riding a desk. Go the extra mile sometime -it’s worth it!

dixiecom

October 25th, 2010
7:10 pm

saturday & sunday

Mina

October 25th, 2010
7:11 pm

These backwards bible thumping southern baptist kill me! With their holier than thou attitude. No Halloween on Sundays, but they are willing to praise a pedophile in the pulpit. I don’t get it.

JATL

October 25th, 2010
7:16 pm

@rlm -what planet are you from? What about when it’s on other school nights -M-Th? I grew up in this state and have lived all over it, and we’ve never done Halloween except ON HALLOWEEN. Maybe YOU are the moron.

CanThinkForMyself

October 25th, 2010
7:17 pm

@Mina… I am a Southern Baptist and 100% agree with your “pedophile in the pulpit” reference. But the Halloween on Sun issues is really about a “school night” thing. I say “get over it parents” — I am only giving out candy ONE night, and that will be Sunday.

BCDawg97

October 25th, 2010
7:22 pm

How about this? Instead of pissing on each other and their views, how about you ANSWER THE QUESTION: when is your community trick or treating? Making it a debate about God/religion and such is ridiculous. I’d personally like to know when Athens/Clarke County is doing it.

Shannon Q

October 25th, 2010
7:24 pm

Trick ot Treating is done on October 31st ! When I was growing up in Gwinnett it didn’t matter if Halloween fell on a Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur you went on the 31st….

Sarah

October 25th, 2010
7:30 pm

My husband and I do not have kids yet so I may or may not give candy. I am thinking that my community will do it on Saturday. It seems most of the people in my neighborhood don’t have kids so I may just no buy candy. I won’t be home on Sunday (Macbeth in Atlanta) and may go out with the hubby on Saturday.

Sarah

October 25th, 2010
7:32 pm

Also when I was a kid we had trick or treating on Saturday if Sunday was Halloween. Not sure why. They just did.

Stephanie

October 25th, 2010
7:33 pm

I am from Pennsylvania and we always had trick or treat the Friday closest to Halloween, NO cranky kids on a school night, parents don’t have to get up early for work…..SETTLED…..the south is so backwards in so many ways. Who cares if you celebrate on Halloween or the Friday. The kids surely don’t care…….they just want candy…………………Da

AR

October 25th, 2010
7:36 pm

This was a discussion where I live. Halloween falls on a Sunday this year, and since Saturday is not Halloween, some people actually have plans on Saturday and will be trick or treating on Sunday, the day it is marked on the calendar. I don’t understand moving it either. Makes zerio sense! I doubt many churches are having services on Sunday night. I have lived here in Atlanta all of my life and always have celebrated it on the 31st, no matter school night or not. This is the first year I have heard of this moving the date business!

DAWN

October 25th, 2010
7:38 pm

Halloween is Halloween. When I was a kid you went trick-or-treating on Halloween no matter which day of the week it fell on. It doesn’t make sense to change it. Oct. 31 is Halloween and that’s that!

dawgmom

October 25th, 2010
7:43 pm

This is ridiculous! Halloween is on a school night most years. In the old days, there was never any thought of changing the night we went trick-or-treating.

But, then again, all holidays were celebrated on the actual date of the holiday, not on a Monday to allow for a three-day weekend.

Nunya

October 25th, 2010
7:43 pm

I live in a subdivision in Newnan, GA and I plan on dressing my kids for trick or treating on Sunday, as well as pass out candy on Sunday.

Mother

October 25th, 2010
7:44 pm

For me it is not for any religious belief or anything like that, it has to do with small kids going to school the next day. My kids are in the bed around 7-730pm and for that reason Saturday is easier for us. In the town I live it the churches are just as divided and some are doing their festivals on Sat and some on Sun so we can go to which ever we choose.

Blazerilla

October 25th, 2010
7:46 pm

My church is having a community trunk-or-treat- at the church- on Sunday.

Georgia Mom

October 25th, 2010
7:47 pm

HALLOWEEN IS ON SUNDAY don’t come to my house on Saturday you will get nothing! If it was Monday thru Thursday would you change it? NOPE! Do don’t change it now. It was never changed as a kid for me and I grew up here! SUNDAY!!!!

home&home

October 25th, 2010
7:49 pm

I don’t care which day you show up but if you’re over 12 years old and show up with a pillow case as your candy bag, you’re not getting a darn thing.

Paul

October 25th, 2010
7:51 pm

We are doing the trick or treating on Sunday. Bogart GA. Don’t come to my house on any day other that Halloween and expect candy.

BlahBlahBlah

October 25th, 2010
7:51 pm

A Saturday ring of my doorbell = no candy for you!

tony

October 25th, 2010
7:53 pm

Just a matter of tradition and religion. Everyone has a choice of course, free country, however, I respect other people’s religious beliefs enough to have trick or treating on Saturday instead. Its no big deal for me to be respectful of other’s faith. We seem to be giving the Muslem faith a lot of breaks lately, maybe its time to give the Christians a break.