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When is Halloween?

Posted October 27, 2011
Updated October 31, 2011

Many parents choose to take their kids to the mall to trick or treat.

I've gotten at least a dozen emails and Facebook questions about this in the last week, so here goes ...

Last year, Halloween fell on a Sunday, causing all kinds of confusion as some towns and cities moved the date for trick-or-treating to a day other than Oct. 31.

This year, Halloween is on a Monday. And I'm happy to report that ... so far ... I have not heard of any town or city in the region that is asking kids to ask for candy on any day other than Oct. 31.

In some cases, towns and cities have recommended trick-or-treating hours and declared Oct. 31 to be the day.

In other cases, officials do not make any recommendation on the date, time or both. If that's the case, parents should know that that means that kids have historically gone out trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

So here is what I know so far. If you have one to add or know of a town that has changed the date, please post it in the comments or email it to me by clicking here.

  • Raleigh: The city does not set trick-or-treating day and hours. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Cary: The town does not dictate when Halloween is. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Durham. The city doesn't take a position on when Halloween is celebrated. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Chapel Hill: It is always Oct. 31.
  • Cumberland County, Fayetteville and Fort Bragg: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Wayne County: Oct. 31
  • Louisburg, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Pittsboro, Oct. 31
  • Goldsboro, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Mount Olive, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m, Oct. 31
  • Clayton, Oct. 31
  • Fuquay-Varina: The town board does not take a position on when Halloween is. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Hillsborough: The town does not take a position on when Halloween is. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Holly Springs: Oct. 31
  • Knightdale: The town does not take a position on when Halloween is celebrated. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Morrisville: The town does not take a position on when Halloween is celebrated. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Rocky Mount: Officials encourage trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.
  • Sanford: The city has never changed dates for Halloween. It's Oct. 31.
  • Wake Forest: The Town of Wake Forest traditionally recognizes Oct. 31 as the official date for Halloween. The Wake Forest Police Department also recommends that kids trick-or-treat between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Wake County: The county does not guide Halloween activities. Trick-or-treaters will be out Oct. 31.
  • Wilson: Oct. 31
  • Apex: Historically, kids in Apex trick or treat on Oct. 31. The town does not officially set this date, or take a position on what day any holiday is celebrated. The town suggests that all trick-or-treating is done by 9 p.m.
  • Knightdale: Dusk to 9 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Wendell: Oct. 31
  • Zebulon: Oct. 31
  • Smithfield: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Selma: Before 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Garner: Early evening to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Princeton: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Angier: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Coats: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Dunn: Early evening until 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Erwin: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Lillington: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
  • Harnett County: Oct. 31
  • Oxford: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31

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Happy Halloween!

 

 

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  • pleasurame Oct 31, 2011

    so its raining outside.... when are we all doing trick-or-treating now????

  • thefensk Oct 30, 2011

    Yeah, Halloween is October 31 now and forever. Now if someone wants to have a Halloween themed party during the weekend before, that is all fine and good. Three day weekends aside, I want to move all holidays back to their original days ... surprised they haven't tried to change Christmas and Independence day.

  • picadilla2 Oct 30, 2011

    You people that think Halloween is going to send children to hell, NEED SOME MENTAL HELP.
    I MEAN REALLY, You are wayyyyyyy out there.

  • kg4rmt Oct 29, 2011

    I agree with Killian. Why must some always want to change set-date events to another night? I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

  • lilbit278 Oct 29, 2011

    I know alot of churches around here are doing their "Fall Festival" thing today (Sat) and they are doing the "Trunk or Treat" thing!

  • snowl Oct 29, 2011

    LOL, I just heard that new made up fad called "Trunk or Treat" yesterday at work. A co-workers grown family all dressed up in identical costumes to do this somewhere in this area last week!
    I don't get it. Halloween is the 31, Oct. A simple way to let your little kids....little...repeat, dress up in a costume and walk door to door in your neighborhood, only, IMHO.

  • blahblahblah Oct 28, 2011

    Thanks for clearing that up! I've been wondering 'bout this.

  • horrorfan101 Oct 28, 2011

    I agree Killian. After all, Halloween was originally a religious holiday in itself. It has always bothered me how one religious group didn't mind bashing another because of a simple historical misunderstanding of what that religion declares. You would think a "religious" person or group would be more tolerable, but around here its quite the opposite. Besides who wants to Trunk or Treat anyways. Sounds like something a pedophile would do.

  • 4Cats Oct 28, 2011

    I hope the trick or treaters have more respect for peoples homes this year...no porch/outside light on means DO NOT ring the door bell!

  • Killian Oct 27, 2011

    Halloween is always on October 31st, just as Christmas is always on December 25th. This date does not change, despite the intolerance of certain religious sects who choose to deny the actual meaning of the holiday in favor of purporting it to be "evil."