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A Tosa resident for almost 20 years, Karen is a mom and freelance writer, addicted to playing tennis. When not on the tennis court, she spends the fall and winter in the stands at Green Bay Packer and Marquette basketball games.

Karen is the author of “Grab a Bite,” a dining out column and the former community columnist for the Wauwatosa NOW newspaper.

Keep Halloween on Halloween!

Halloween, Things that bug me

I need to vent. This is driving me NUTS. I think I’ve blogged about this at least once, no, actually twice! I would like to propose that we take back Halloween and put it back on October 31st!


On the front page of WauwatosaNow.com, you will see this notice:


 Citywide trick or treat takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26. A day earlier, the Village of Wauwatosa businesses will stage Trick or Treat in the Village for children ages 3 to 12 starting at 1:30 p.m. at WaterStone Bank, 7500 W. State St. 

 This year, Halloween is on a Friday. What would be the harm in having citywide trick-or-treat from 5-8 pm on that day? Most neighborhood associations are doing it on Friday. Kids don’t have to worry about being out on a school night. Parents don’t either, for that matter.


I don’t know about everyone in Wauwatosa, but I have virtually NO trick-or-treaters during the Citywide session. I can understand doing the business trick-or-treat ahead of time, but can’t we just have all trick-or-treating on Halloween?!


In this day and age of “less is more,” seems like we should be looking at ways of spending fewer dollars on things like candy and costumes. With the potential for THREE Halloween celebrations in Tosa, that is difficult to do.


What do you think, readers? Are you confused by the multiple trick-or-treating dates? Do you just wish Halloween was on October 31st?



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