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Trick or Treating

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

All sizes and shapes of costumed kids hit the streets in Stevens Point Sunday. For the parents who marched door-to-door with their children, the scene was likely reminiscent of their childhood memories of Halloween, but the holiday is still five days away.

The Stevens Point city council has decided that trick or treating would be safer if it was done on a Sunday during daylight hours. So, for about the last decade, Halloween's most famous activity has fallen on the last Sunday in October, and the idea isn't pleasing to some parents who were out Sunday.

"It's up to me as a parent to make sure my kids are safe," said trick or treating parent Janie Hytry. "It's not up to the city to tell me when to take my kids, and when it's safe for me to take my kids."

"I like it close to Halloween, because it seems more in the fashion of it," said Stevens Point trick or treater Sue Wypych. "Right now, it's five days before Halloween and it's just a little too early."

But there are those who feel the scheduled trick or treat times make it easier for them to participate.

"It works out pretty good, because I work when I can be here, if I had to bring them here myself," said Milladore Parent Nancy Brandl.

According to police, that's the point of the Sunday trick or treating, allowing parents to be with their kids more easily.

"There's more people home," said Sgt. Bob Barge, Stevens Point Police Department, "there's better supervision, both parents are off usually."

Barge says there are no fines for trick or treating on Halloween. You just might not achieve the desired results.

"You probably won't get anybody answering the door," said Barge, "And you won't get your treat."

Another reason today was safer, there is an increased police presence during the designated trick or treating hours every patrol car in Stevens Point was on the streets Sunday night.