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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.

Uniform Trick-or-Treat a Sweet Waste of Time

Halloween, Things that bug me

Oh sure, the calendar says January, but some supposedly forward-thinking municipalities are already legislating October - Halloween, to be exact. According to this story, an uber-brilliant group representing Milwaukee County’s 19 municipalities got together recently and endorsed uniform trick-or-treating hours. And by uniform, I mean “the Sunday on or before Oct. 31. When Oct 31 falls on a Saturday, trick-or-treat would be held that day.”


OK, I hate to beat a dead horse, but apparently, I barely made a flesh wound last time I wrote about this. And, pardon another “equine” pun, but I don’t usually get on my high horse about many things, and this topic, really bothers me.


I’m going to ask these questions one last time and then walk away: Why can’t we just have Halloween ON Halloween? Why do we even have a need for a separate daytime trick-or-treat? Perhaps I’m wrong, but no matter what day of the week Halloween lands on, there’s still daylight after school for young kids to do a little door-to-door damage, right?


According to this story, some of the municipalities were complaining because vanloads of kids were being dropped off in communities allowing kids to take advantage of varying trick-or-treat hours. Hello, people…this is what kids do. You’re offering free candy. If they’re industrious and figured out a way to get the most sugar for their effort, then more credit to them. If you’re trying to prevent kids from getting more candy, then you’ll have to get in line behind the moms and the dentists.


Here’s an idea: We CAN have uniform trick-or-treating that never requires a municipal meeting. It’s called Halloween. That’s it. That’s the list. Put trick-or-treat back on Halloween. If it scares you, keep your kids in the house. If you don’t like it, don’t give out candy. But stop inserting government where it doesn’t need to be.

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