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October 11, 2010

Trick-or-treat hours changed to Saturday

Council responds to many complaints about celebrating Halloween on Sunday

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — It took less than five minutes Friday for the London City Council to change this year’s trick-or-treating schedule.

Council members unanimously voted at a special-called meeting to have trick-or-treating from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 within city limits.

In Mayor Troy Rudder’s absence, council member Judd Weaver called the meeting to order.

“We all know the reason we’re here. We’ve had numerous complaints about the Sunday night trick-or-treating,” Weaver said.

In fact, the mayor and council members received many calls in protest from residents after they voted at their regular monthly meeting to set trick-or-treating hours for Sunday, Oct. 31.

Council member Nancy Vaughn — who made the original motion to have trick-or-treating on Sunday this year — asked to amend her original motion to say that trick-or-treating will be celebrated every year on the actual holiday except when Halloween falls on Sunday. When that happens, trick-or-treating will be celebrated on the Saturday before. Prior to Friday’s meeting, council member Sharon Benge said the mayor supports such an idea.

Council member Danny Phelps said council members did not think setting trick-or-treating on Sunday would cause such a controversy.

“Everyone thought it was a non-issue because churches have fall festivals and the trunk-or-treat,” Phelps said. “We’re willing to change our mind on it, which is what we’re doing now.”

Council member Bill Dezarn said the council can always call a special meeting to revise any prior action. “It’s whatever the people want,” Dezarn said.

Staff writer Nita Johnson can be reached by e-mail at njohnson@sentinel-echo.com.

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