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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.”

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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