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Reminder: Trick-Or-Treating Is Friday Evening

Just a reminder, as Rocketober comes to a close …

South Milwaukee’s official trick-or-treating time is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 — Halloween evening.

Please leave your porch lights on if you plan on participating (and I hope you do). And stay warm!

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Happy Halloween! South Milwaukee’s Trick-Or-Treating Is Tonight

It’s the second straight year the city has its official trick-or-treating set for Halloween night.

Hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you plan on handing out candy, please leave your porch light on.

Now, let’s hope the weather holds … and please stay safe.

Let me know what you’re seeing out there, too. Post your comments below.

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Trick-or-Treating On Halloween Night: So, How Did It Go?

It’s been decades since South Milwaukee had trick-or-treating on Halloween night — until Wednesday.

So, what do you think? How did it go? Did you see more kids than usual? Less? Did you encounter any problems?

Police reported no incident calls related to trick-or-treating this evening, so that’s good.

My experience was great: There were lots of kids out and about, along with mine, in my neighborhood, and we had more than 70 people come by the house for candy (a record, my wife reports).

Everyone I spoke with tonight supported the move from weekend afternoon trick-or-treating to Halloween night.

But, what say you? Post your comments below!


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Reminder: Trick-or-Treating Is Not This Weekend … It’s Halloween (Wednesday Evening)

Official South Milwaukee trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Halloween evening.

If you plan on handing out candy — and my kids hope you do 🙂 — please leave your porch light on.

Please continue to help spread the word about the time change, especially with your older neighbors and family.

See my previous post for more details.

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Trick or Treating Shifts To Halloween In South Milwaukee

This year, South Milwaukee will officially celebrate Halloween on Halloween night.

The city’s trick-or-treat times will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, after the City Council voted to enact the new hours at its meeting Tuesday night.

The vote marks a change from the relatively recent tradition of holding trick-or-treating on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween — hours that were initially proposed, and voted down, Tuesday.

Here’s why I supported the move to Halloween evening trick-or-treating:

  • It’s more special this way – more in the “Halloween spirit.” I’ll admit it’s difficult to quantify this, but I think evening trick-or-treating is simply how it’s meant be. In fact, it’s how it used to be in South Milwaukee. And I know my kids will appreciate it.
  • I think it’s a good compromise time. The sun sets at 5:44 p.m. on October 31, with twilight lasting well beyond that, meaning that there will be some daylight for the first hour or so of trick-or-treating, with darkness for the second. Uncomfortable with nighttime trick-or-treating? Head out early.
  • I’ve also seen nighttime trick-or-treating work in South Milwaukee. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the Blakewood neighborhood trick-or-treating with my kids the past few years, and I’ve been impressed with the event. And it is an event, as neighbors treat it like a big block party. I hope that feeling spreads across South Milwaukee … and that families actually walk with their kids on the candy route now that we’re doing this in the evening.
  • Evening trick-or-treating has also worked in a number of other area communities. Last year, Oak Creek, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners and Whitefish Bay all held evening trick-or-treating, starting at 4 p.m. on October 30. Other communities – including a number in Waukesha County – hold trick-or-treating the night of Halloween. So we’re far from alone. (See the full list of 2011 area trick-or-treating times here.)
  • The Packers. Yes, the Green Bay Packers play at noon on October 28. Now, this was not a significant reason for my vote, but it played a role. I’ve found that planning an event against a Packer game in this state is never a wise move.

Now, I know some will raise concerns with safety – although I feel strongly about the safety of our community and don’t see how that will change on October 31. I will have no problems walking the neighborhood with my kids that evening.

Others will raise concerns simply with the break from tradition – although I never believe that the city should keep doing something simply because it’s always been done a certain way. We should always look at issues in a new light when we can, and I’m glad we’re doing that here.

In other words, I’m willing to give this a try. And if it doesn’t work, I’ll be the first to advocate for a change back to Sunday afternoons.

I also know it’s up to the city to make sure residents know of the change, and we’ll do that, using the city website, this blog, SouthMilwaukee.org, through the schools, through the South Milwaukee Downtown Market and in other ways. I also ask you to tell your friends and neighbors.

I know my kids and I are looking forward to it – to a return to the roots of a fun Halloween tradition … actually celebrating the holiday on the day of the holiday.

Of course, I’d like to know what you think. Vote in my new poll, and post your comments below.


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South Milwaukee Trick Or Treating Set For Sunday, Oct. 30 — But Why Not Halloween?

South Milwaukee has set its trick-or-treat times for 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.

This is traditionally when the city has had it — the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. I wish it was different.

I voted no on this issue at Tuesday’s City Council meeting because I think trick-or-treating should be on Halloween evening, like many other communities across the area and state.

Check out a running list from Haunted Wisconsin here.

I was surprised to see how many communities will hold trick or treating in the late afternoon or early evening of Halloween this year. Locally, they include Hartland, Germantown, Brookfield, Cedarburg and Waukesha.

Other larger cities in the state holding Halloween trick-or-treating include Madison and Appleton.

I think we should join them and start a new tradition of celebrating Halloween on, well, Halloween — every year. To me, 4 to 6 p.m. seems reasonable, as this would mean that younger kids (including my own) could trick-or-treat in daylight hours while others, if they choose, could do it at night.

What do you think? Should South Milwaukee hold trick-or-treating on Halloween no matter the day of the week? Post your comments below!


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