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When is Halloween? Saturday, Oct. 31

Posted October 26, 2015

Trick-or-treating

Halloween, Oct. 31, falls on a Saturday this year. Neighborhoods across the Triangle will be busy with neighborhood parties, parades and trick-or-treating. But I always get a lot of questions from readers about when to head out for all of that candy loot.

A few communities around here guide parents on just when to send their little ninja turtles and Elsas out for sweet treats. Most, however, just expect parents to use their best judgment and set no recommended time or day.

Of course, when Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday, a handful of towns actually switch trick-or-treating to another day. Thankfully, we don't have to worry about that until 2021. Oct. 31 skips to Monday in 2016.

Some shopping centers also offer trick-or-treating hours, though I've heard complaints that some kids leave with more fliers and coupons than actual candy especially on rainy Halloween nights. Our Halloween and fall fun guide has more information about mall trick-or-treating hours and other seasonal events.

Here's our list on trick-or-treating in nearly three dozen communities in the region:

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: The sheriff's office has traditionally recommended the hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31.
Chatham County: Oct. 31.
Wayne County: Oct. 31
Louisburg: Recommended hours are usually 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: 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:The town does not officially set this date or take a position on what day any holiday is celebrated. Kids will be out on Oct. 31. The town usually suggests that all trick-or-treating is done by 9 p.m.
Wendell: Oct. 31
Zebulon: Oct. 31
Smithfield: Oct. 31. The town typically recommends 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for trick-or-treating hours.
Selma: Oct. 31
Garner: Oct. 31
Angier: Oct. 31
Coats: Oct. 31
Dunn: The town has historically recommended that trick-or-treating happens in the early evening through 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31
Lillington: Recommended hours are usually 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 31
Harnett County: Oct. 31
Oxford: Recommended hours are usually 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31.
Rolesville: Oct. 31

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  • Lysander Oct 27, 2014

    I have to agree with you Geo. Why a parent would listen to someone else on when to celebrate a holiday is beyond me.

  • George Herbert Oct 27, 2014
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    Halloween is always October 31. If you don't care to celebrate, then don't.