Two Clark County communities are moving Beggar’s Night back to Saturday, Oct. 26, despite the Clark County Sheriff designating Halloween as the evening for trick-or-treating.
When New Carlisle Mayor Mike Lowrey saw how upset some parents were about the date change, he knew something had to be done.
“This was something we could look at and there were enough people out there that wanted it,” said Lowrey. “I called (City Manager Randy Bridge) and said I am bringing this up.”
At the New Carlisle city council meeting, the date change was discussed and everyone on council approved the change.
New Carlisle’s trick-or-treat is now 6 p.m. to 8 p.m Saturday, Oct. 26.
“It’s hard for some people to come home at 6 p.m., get the kids ready, go out and trick-or-treat and then you have to come home and go to bed,” said Lowrey. “With it being on Saturday, you don’t feel rushed going up against school the following day.”
Tremont City has also moved trick-or-treat back to Saturday, Oct. 26, according to Councilwoman Erin Nichols.
Other Clark County communities like Enon, have discussed the date change at city council meetings, but voted to keep trick-or-treat on Halloween.
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.”
Burchett said she apologizes for moving the date, but knows there will never be a perfect date that fits everyone’s schedule.
“We understand that many people have historically planned their Halloween events following Beggar’s night being held during the weekend,” the Sheriff’s Office’s statement said. “We also have heard from just as many people thanking us and letting us know they appreciate the date being moved.”