published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Halloween actually on Halloween for LP kids
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Costume-clad children hoping to fill their buckets and bags with candy will fill the streets throughout Highlands County for trick or treating in just a couple of weeks. However, the dates for the county's trick or treating are not unanimous this year.
Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler had no problem throwing a curveball when it came to choosing the date for the city's designated trick or treating.
Over the past several years, the new tradition of holding trick or treating the Saturday before Halloween if the holiday does not fall on a Saturday that year has become, in Fansler's opinion, "odd."
"I'm a traditionalist. I grew up going trick or treating on the day of Halloween. It didn't matter if it was a week day or a Saturday," Fansler said.
Fansler was the deciding factor on which day the city would hold trick or treating and chose from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, the actual date of Halloween.
"Trying to take it to the closest Saturday, it's just an odd place to put it. It's a week ahead of Halloween and if you put it the Saturday after then you're into November. Everyone's forgotten about Halloween by then. They're in Thanksgiving mode," Fansler said.
Fansler admitted he has gotten many questions on why he "broke tradition" and held the city's Halloween festivities on Halloween this year. Fansler had one simple answer.
"It's about the kids. If they look on the calendar and see that it's Oct. 31 and they aren't going out trick or treating, you're probably going to have more of a headache than you would if you just took them out and let them stay out and eat candy until 9 o'clock," Fansler said. "Some people that wish they had kids, myself included, are wanting to go out and have fun and celebrate. It's Oct. 31, it's Halloween, let's go out and let's do it."
Both Sebring and Avon Park's trick or treating days and times will be Saturday, Oct. 26. Avon Park trick or treat hours are 6-8 p.m., while Sebring's are 6-9 p.m.
Halloween (by: Issa - 10/23/2013)
Yes. That's one thing I never understood...how come they don't do it on the 31st?! It's Halloween...people should do it on that day. What's a couple of hours for the kids to do trick or treat, it's not like it's going to be all night. I have 2 kids, and I don't mind.
Awesome (by: Father of 2pm LP - 10/18/2013)
Good job Fansler.
Halloween (by: tom walsh - 10/17/2013)
Halloween is a corruption of "All Hallows Eve" which has been and is currently October 31st. I like some of the posts above saying that the kids will be tired from staying up late on Thursday. Who says that the kids have to stay up? It's just as easy for parents to take the gang Trick or Treating from 6PM to 8PM. 2 hours of collecting candy and treats should be enough for most.
Sebring Trick or Treat (by: Ann - 10/17/2013)
To be fair that was poor planning by the school, not Sebring. The school would have known that would more than likely be the date for trick or treating.
Trick or Treat (by: Marie - 10/17/2013)
Proud of you Lake Placid, any other day would not be tradition.
Good job, Fansler (by: Marti - 10/17/2013)
It is very odd to move an event/holiday that coincides with a specific date. I have two kids who are still of age to trick or treat, and every year they ask "but, why?" I remember being a kid a going trick or treating, then being able to go to school the next day and show all the goodies I collected! Good job, Fansler!
Halloween (by: Debbie - 10/17/2013)
Hooray for Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler!!!!!!!!! Halloween should be celebrated ON Halloween! Thanks for sticking up for what's right, even in case!
Good luck (by: Mom of 3 in LP - 10/16/2013)
Good luck to all those teachers in LP. The kids are going to be up late on Thursday and dead tired on Friday. This is definetly poor planning! Obviously, Mr. Fansler does not have children to worry about getting ready on Nov. 1st.
Trick or Treat (by: Laura - 10/16/2013)
I hope that Sebring and Avon Park will soon follow and have Trick or Treating on the RIGHT night! and I agree with the above post, it is difficult to have children going to Homecoming and Trick or Treating, especially when the older children want to go with their younger brothers and sisters and enjoy the experience of watching them Trick-or-Treat! Let children experience Halloween the right way and Trick-or-Treat on the 31st!
Trick or Treat (by: Melissa - 10/16/2013)
Trick or Treating in Sebring is also on Homecoming night. This poses a bit of difficulty for parents with children of many different ages. Poor planning!
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