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Cumberland County outlines trick-or-treat times

Posted October 14, 2008

— The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has designated 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, as official times for trick-or-treating in the county. Door-to-door candy collection should be completed within those hours, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office offered these other safety guidelines:

  • Motorists should watch for children darting out from between parked cars, crossing streets and walking on roadways.
  • Parents should accompany trick-or-treaters.
  • Children should not eat any treat until a parent inspects it.
  • Children should have their name, address and phone number on their costumes in case they become lost.
  • Children should not enter homes without adult supervision.

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  • Myword Oct 14, 2008

    The police state marches on. The worst tricks I ever saw on Halloween were in the 60s....things seem pretty tame these days. If you don't want to participate, just flick off the porch light.

  • exwife1956 Oct 14, 2008

    Halloween ain't nothing but the devil's holiday. Parents need to keep their kids home and quit celebrating this day.

  • Slip Kid Oct 14, 2008

    See, folks, this is what you get when you expect the government to run all the details of your life. Why in earth is the Sheriff dictating trick-or-treat hours? If you don't want your kids out after 8:30, then get`em or keep them home. If you don't want kids ringing you bell after 8:30, then turn off the porch lights or put a note on the door, whatever. You certainly aren't obligated to answer it Anytime you don't want to. It's little things like this that matter. Come on, folks, don't get used to the powers that be running your life for you!

  • mrtwinturbo Oct 14, 2008

    If ya'll come to my house I'll hand out the beer!!

  • North Carolina Native Oct 14, 2008

    I like that no costume no treat rule... but I guess youre right about the tricks....

  • kittiboo Oct 14, 2008

    Good idea- maybe this will help keep the begging teens off the streets so late.
    If I wasn't afraid of my house getting vandalized, I'd enforce a "no costume, no candy" rule for teens.
    However, a couple years ago I had a family who brought their dog trick-or-treating- in costume (they had kids, too, of course)!!! So cute- I had to go find him a doggie biscuit.

  • Scubagirl Oct 14, 2008

    I do like the little kids, they are fun to see. I do agree about the older ones tho, they have, in the past, not said anything-just held out bag, turned up noses at what I was giving out which really irks me and also come late. I do turn out my lights about 8-830 but object to someone telling me I have to quit then.

  • random musings Oct 14, 2008

    I love getting the younger kids. when the older ones who seem old enough to have jobs and buy their own candy start coming, thats when the lights go out...little kids are done by 8 anyways

  • NC Reader Oct 14, 2008

    We usually have a lot of trick or treaters, mostly young and very cute in their costumes. However, we get more and more teenagers with no costumes holding out a pillowcase. I'm with you, ECU4lyf, I'm about ready to give up handing candy.

  • daisy Oct 14, 2008

    Trick or Treat...and it better be chocolate!