Halloween is just around the corner, and it falls on a Sunday, this year. Now, some folks are confused about which day to go trick-or-treating.
Traditionally, Ouachita Parish would encourage Halloween to be celebrated on a Saturday, if the holiday happened to fall on a Sunday. Monroe City Spokesperson Rod Washington said, "I know there's been a bit of confusion. We do encourage parents and kids to come out and attend Boo at the Zoo, which is our holiday event on Saturday, Oct. 30th."
However, Washington had a different message for Monroe residents, aside from that event. "We know its really going to be up to the parents and schools, or church groups or other organizations as to what day this weekend they celebrate the holiday," he said.
The Mayor of West Monroe and the police jury have agreed to encourage trick-or-treating on Saturday Oct. 30th, instead of Sunday.
However, many church groups in the Twin Cities have already made up their minds on when to celebrate the spooky holiday. Lindee Loveland, the Children's Minister at White Ferry Roads Church says the church prefers to celebrate the holiday on Sunday because it's a time when families have a little less going on.
Meanwhile, the First Baptist Church of West Monroe says it supports the idea of observing Saturday for trick-or-treating, this year.
Washington says no need to worry about safety on either nights in Monroe. "Monroe police will be out all weekend. They'll be looking for trick-or-treaters and looking out for trick-or-treaters on both nights."
No matter the date, the kids plan on having a blast. Children from from White Ferry Roads Church say they look forward to spending time with friends and family, while having fun, eating candy and playing games.
Washington says normal curfews are still in effect for different age groups on Halloween.