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Monday is the day to expect hordes of candy-loving ghouls

By Martin Burkey
DAILY Staff Writer 340-2441

Stop calling City Hall and THE DECATUR DAILY asking when the city will celebrate Halloween! Halloween is Oct. 31. Always was. Always will be.

This madness apparently started a few years ago when Halloween fell on a Sunday, and residents began calling City Hall, worried that children would be out begging for treats on church night. Some well-meaning city official decided to publicly suggest — suggest — that children trick-or-treat on Saturday instead of Sunday to alleviate the angst.

Mayor Don Kyle continued the tradition last year, when Halloween was again on Sunday, and he suggested residents do their trick-or-treating on Saturday.

The holiday falls on Monday this year, not Sunday, and no government, at least at present, has control over All Hallows Eve, contrary to a rumor with more lives than Dracula.

Police Chief Joel Gilliam said his department doesn't put extra officers on the street on the official or unofficial Halloween, although it monitors law enforcement traffic around the country for reports of violence, candy tampering or other activities by people with more time than sense.

As ever, police encourage children to trick-or-treat in known neighborhoods, wear reflective garments and stay off the streets.

Parents should know where their children are going and check out the treats before allowing children to eat them. Otherwise, Gilliam noted, Decatur's known for nothing worse than a few tree rollings.

So children and the child-minded should feel free to throw sheets over their heads and pander for goodies Oct. 31 without a mayoral proclamation this year or any other— or at least till Halloween falls on a Sunday again.

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