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When is Halloween? Oct. 31

Posted October 21, 2012 8:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2012 1:32 p.m. EDT

Halloween

It's time to get those costumes ready and stock up on some candy. Halloween is less than two weeks away!

While Halloween night means big sacks of candy for the kids, it also means some confusion on the part of some parents on just exactly when to send their little Batmans and Cinderellas out for trick-or-treating.

I suspect the confusion comes from the fact that some communities in our region change the date for trick-or-treating when Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday. I think it also comes from the fact that some communities recommend specific hours for trick-or-treating. So when parents of other communities that make no such recommendation can't find the hours for their community, they wonder what it might be.

And then there are just random questions that I field this time of year. A sampling (the first two prompted by last year's stormy Halloween night):

Is Halloween canceled because of the rain? When will Halloween be rescheduled? When did the governor declare the date and times for Halloween this year?

I'm making some broad brushes here because there could be an exception, but communities don't cancel Halloween because of the weather or reschedule it. And the governor makes no declaration on when families celebrate Halloween, though the Executive Mansion in downtown Raleigh generally does dole out candy on Oct. 31. I'm checking the times for this year now. It's usually from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

So with all that said, here's the scoop on many communities across the region. The vast majority makes no recommendation on trick-or-treating hours or when Halloween is celebrated.

Happy Halloween!

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: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
Chatham County: 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: 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.
Wendell: Oct. 31
Zebulon: Oct. 31
Smithfield: Oct. 31. May update with recommended hours.
Selma: Before 8 p.m., Oct. 31
Garner: Oct. 31
Princeton: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 31
Angier: 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 9 p.m., Oct. 31
Harnett County: Oct. 31
Oxford: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 31
Rolesville: Oct. 31