No trick-or-treat citations

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By Stacey Sheridan

Staff Reporter

During an Oct. 7 meeting, the village board pushed back Halloween trick-or-treating from 3-7 p.m. to 4-8 p.m. The board also moved to change the directive from an ordinance to a resolution.

Language in the original ordinance raised concerns, stating, "Halloween trick-or-treating is permitted only on Oct. 31 of each calendar year from 3 to 7 p.m. Trick-or-treating at other hours or on other days shall be treated as a violation of this code." 

The language suggests that police would hand out local ordinance violations to any trick-or-treaters collecting candy outside of that time frame. Members of the community and some trustees worried that police would target trick-or-treaters of color out collecting candy past that time.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, police records show that zero citations have been handed out for trick-or-treating during non-trick-or-treating hours in Halloweens past. 

Stacey Sheridan

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Brian Slowiak  

Posted: October 19th, 2019 2:21 AM

To the best of my recollection there have been trick or treaters robbed of the candy. Happened in post 3, extreme northwest Oak Park, possibly Forest Avenue, 1200 block sometime between 1996 and 2004.

Tom Leeds  

Posted: October 16th, 2019 4:35 PM

Mary Jo Erickson this is a good point. If some trick or treater is hit by a car between 7 and 8pm would the village be liable since they moved the time later into the evening.

Mary Jo Erickson from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2019 4:15 PM

Daylight Savings Time does not go into effect until November 3rd. The predicted sunset on Oct 31 is 5:47 PM. I am led to suspect it will be dark for over half the trick or treat hours. One of the reasons I preferred the earlier hours is that I feel it was safer having children do most of the trick or treat while it was still light out. Even allowing for the later DST, there would be an additional hour of daylight had the 3-7 hours been maintained.

Carol Ann from OAK PARK  

Posted: October 16th, 2019 3:21 PM

Does anyone care what an inconvenience this is for the residents of Oak Park. I don't want to answer my door until 8:00. 3 to 7 was do-able. So now kids can trick or treat in neighboring communities until 7 and then show up in Oak Park until 8. My guess is that many more of our residents will not be participating. Such a shame.

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