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Trustee Wants To Shorten Trick or Treating Hours

Oak Lawn Village Board Trustee Alex Olejniczak thinks kids trick or treating until 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 might be "excessive." Wants board to consider reducing hours.

trustee wants to reduce the number of hours the village sets for trick or treating on Halloween.

Trustee Alex Olejniczak (Dist. 2) told fellow board members during their meeting on Sept. 27 that he’s received a couple of phone calls from concerned parents.

The village presently allows children to trick or treat from 3 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31, the day of Halloween.

“The resident I talked to brought up a good point that sundown is at 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 31,” Olejniczak said. “By going to 8 p.m., the resident was concerned if that was too long of a window.”

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A majority of surrounding communities shut down trick or treating at 7 p.m. Others allow trick or treating until 6 p.m. and one community ends the candy grab at 6 p.m.

Olejniczak said he polled his four children ranging in age from four years old to high school. His kids planned to only be out for a few hours on Halloween and not the full five the village allots for trick or treating.

The Dist. 2 trustee added that 8 p.m. might also be a little late for seniors to be opening their doors to hand out candy. Olejniczak wanted to know how other village board members felt on the subject of Halloween hours.

Possibly reducing trick or treating hours will be added to the village board’s Oct. 11 agenda.

“I don’t want to be known as the trustee who took away Halloween,” Olejniczak said. “I am suggesting being a parent that I do believe trick or treat hours to 8 p.m. is a little excessive.”

Dan Smith October 04, 2011 at 12:02 PM
I do not understand why there is a curfew for one of the greatest holidays of all time? If you ask me, its a dumb idea! Its like saying "What time should we end Christmas?". When I was a kid, I used to Trick or Treat until my legs were numb. Also, when I was younger, the best time to do all the Trick or Treating was at Night! It makes me mad that concerned parents want to ruin the holiday for the rest of us. If you are worried about your kids, go with them! My parents always came with my and my sisters, and we turned out okay! Just go back to the old fashioned way! Check on the kids candy, do safety precautions, like flashlights and such... And speaking of flashlights, if you lower the curfew, think about how much business will be hurt. There are companies who make Halloween Themed Flashlights and safety gear. What is the whole point of making those items if the kids can't stay out a little later. I say neglect this idea! It will ruin the holiday for people who love it, and it will ruin the fun for the kids who want to go trick or treating, and it will ruin businesses.
Why every year? October 04, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Akex's 4 year old only wants 45 minutes? Hard to imagine any 4 year old having the wherewithal to be so precise. Maybe Alex was embellishing a bit like his buddy in 6th always does. Stop wasting time with nonsense! Why do we have to hear this drivel every year? 8:00 is fine, but if you want to change it, do it permanently.
Dan Smith October 04, 2011 at 12:38 PM
I agree with you 100%! I'm so sick of people trying to ruin this holiday just because a few parents are concerned. As I said in my post, just go with the kids! What is so wrong with that idea?
Brandi McGuire Brennan October 04, 2011 at 01:06 PM
What about parents who are stuck at work all day until 6:00? I guess they won't be able to take their children trick or treating if Alex has his way.
Dan Smith October 04, 2011 at 01:39 PM
That is why why I agree that there shouldn't be a curfew (or at least extend it), because children will be screwed over because of something so stupid as a curfew!
Brandi McGuire Brennan October 04, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Agreed Dan, but some of our trustees don't feel the same way....
Grunty October 04, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I'm going to be coming to this meeting. I'm in Hurckes district, and since he's not there I want to make sure that I'm heard.
Dan Smith October 04, 2011 at 10:12 PM
The these Trustess need to open their eyes and mind! Halloween is a fun holiday for everyone, and to do something like this, to lower the curfew, is not fair to those that really celebrate the holiday as a family. As I said before, I used to go trick or treating with my family until my legs hurt. It was worth it, because I had fun with my family. My father and two sisters used to go out until 6pm, because our mother used to work until that time. When she got home aroud 6:30-7, we would go out and resume the fun. That is what halloween is suppose to be about: Family Fun!
Watchful Eye October 05, 2011 at 12:17 AM
I totally agree- government should stay out of the holiday and let parents decide where and when their kids trick or treat. We do not roll up our sidewalks at 8pm. If people don't want to answer their door, then turn off your porch lights as a sign. Better yet, put the candy or no candy signs in the window. Alex forgets that when he was a kid, he was out more than 45 minutes trick or treating. Why should we limit our holidays to death? Soon we won't even celebrate them if we continue to let government officials put the kibosh on all the aspects that make the special days fun. Stick to the real issues that face the village and leave the holidays alone!
Dan Smith October 05, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Its not just this guy. It seems that every adult seems to forget the true meaning of this holiday. I also agree with people who don't answer there door. That seems to be a better idea then just messing with the holiday overall. You are right, the government should focus on REAL issues, not our precious holiday memories!
john bennett October 05, 2011 at 05:00 AM
Oak Lawn is home to many senior citizens including myself, Who will not answer the door after sunset. I don't want strangers or teenagers coming around my house and ringing the door bell. Even when I have the porch lights off they still ring the bell. 7 pm is fine with me.
Watchful Eye October 05, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Once again, "Candy or No Candy sign". It's got the universal logo that carries across all languages, doesn't require reading. If solicitors can be knocking on the doors at 8pm, are we going to prohibit kids celebrating a holiday 1 day a year from going to houses that would like to be part of that celebration? http://www.halloweensign.com/- this gentleman pitched this idea to the village last year- print the signs and distribute to all residents- that way the ones who don't want to be part of the holiday can opt out simply by posting the sign, no matter if it is 3pm or 745pm.
Dan Smith October 13, 2011 at 02:02 PM
People, listen up! If you don't believe that the curfew should be 7, I say let your kids out after 7! Show the Trustees that nothing bad will happen to them around that time! Show the Trustees what it means to actually celebrate Halloween! If you all think that it is unfair that the Trustees are doing this, then I say disregard the curfew, go with your kids at night, and have one hell of a good time going door to door while saying "Trick or Treat"! If you agree with this, you can reply, or copy this message and post it again, it doesn't matter! We need to be heard, and Damn it all, Kids need to be kids and have fun!

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