Another Clark County community has decided to move Beggar’s Night back to Saturday, Oct. 26, despite the Clark County Sheriff designating Halloween as the evening for trick-or-treating.
The Village of North Hampton voted at their council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to keep trick-or-treating 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 26.
“It made it very difficult for us, being a small village, to have officers here to cover,” said North Hampton Mayor David Young. “That was the reason we did not make the change.”
Other Clark County communities that have changed trick-or-treating back to Saturday, Oct. 26 are Bethel Township (Park Layne, Medway, and Crystal Lakes), New Carlisle, Donnelsville, and Tremont City.
Enon discussed the date change at a city council meeting, but voted to keep trick-or-treat on Halloween. Pike Township’s trick-or-treat will remain on Halloween as well.
“People working, scheduling and so forth makes it difficult to do (trick-or-treat) on a school night,” said Young.
The Sheriff’s Office announced in a Facebook post on Aug. 30 that Beggar’s Night this year would be on Halloween, a change from it being held on the Saturday before Halloween.
In a Facebook post responding to criticism of the change, Sheriff Deb Burchett said trick-or-treating was ultimately moved in order to, “keep consistent with neighboring communities.”
“We understand that many people have historically planned their Halloween events following Beggar’s night being held during the weekend,” the Sheriff’s Office statement says. “We also have heard from just as many people thanking us and letting us know they appreciate the date being moved.”
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