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.
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