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Some People Think Halloween on Sunday is a "Trick" Not a "Treat"

Posted October 26, 1999

— Dressing up and trick-or-treating is just a few days away. Halloween falls on Sunday this year which has a lot of people spooked. Many say it should be on Saturday instead.

Kids in Selma are taking advantage of the beautiful, fall weather. Despite warm temperatures the town's decision to celebrate Halloween on its traditional date, Oct. 31, is getting a chilling reception from some parents.

"They have school Monday morning. A lot of churches have their youth groups on Sunday night. It's just more convenient on Saturday," said parent Michelle Hewitt.

"I have a stack of letters, cards and requests from all the ghosts, ghouls and gobblins from the Johnston County area, and they are demanding that Halloween be celebrated on Halloween," said Selma Town Manager Bruce Radford.

In Benson, friendly ghosts and smiling jack-o-lanterns await trick-or-treaters. Halloween is arriving there one day early on Saturday.

"Every year that it fell on Sunday, we always moved it back to Saturday evening. Mainly, I think, because of the churches and the evening services they have" said Benson Town Manager Keith Langdon.

Many churches believe trick-or-treating is about fantasy and fun, but they would like to see it take place on Saturday.

"I think it is a good idea as opposed to Sunday. Sunday is the Lord's day, and we probably don't need a distraction like that on that particular. I'm speaking as a pastor, and I think a lot of committed believers believe that," said Pastor Mick Bowen of Faith Baptist Church.

Many churches will be having alternative celebrations on Sunday night where kids can celebrate the day without trick-or-treating.


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