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Should Waukesha Change Trick or Treat Date and Hours?

Waukesha Common Council President Paul Ybarra asks mayor to consider moving Halloween tradition to Saturdays.

While it is “more than likely” too late to change the Halloween Trick or Treat hours in Waukesha for 2011, said he would still be opening to changing the date in the future.

The city's website states that Trick or Treat for 2011 is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. It's the mayor's duty to set the hours for the Halloween activity each year.

Common Council President Paul Ybarra asked Scrima Tuesday night to see if the hours could change to the Saturday before Halloween. While the kids won’t care about what day they get to dress up in costumes and gather candy from their neighbors, Ybarra said it does affect parents when Oct. 31 is on a school night.

Ybarra, in his request, noted that if it is too late to change the hours for 2011, that consideration to the request is given for Halloween 2012.

The Trick or Treat times is important to parents, Ybarra said after the Common Council meeting.

“It is probably too late for this year, because I know there are a number of other things that are planned around that,” Scrima said.

Scrima said he wants to hear what the community thinks about the issue and invited them to tell him via Patch.  We also have a Facebook poll where you can answer how you feel about Trick or Treat hours.

“I would welcome feedback from the community on this issue,” Scrima said. “It is certainly a question that is worth receiving input and being discussed.”

hollie benoit September 21, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Can't you just keep it simple and trick or treat on halloween? It's more of a hassle to figure our what date and times than it is for my kids to stay up until 8. I don't ever remember there being certain dates/hours when I was a kid and it worked out just fine
Mike Talin September 21, 2011 at 08:48 PM
I agree with hollie, why mess with it?
Mike Talin September 21, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Jeff Scrima is a real trick, the treat will be when he is removed from office. Several members of the council or an attorney would be perfect. What a trick and fail.
Sarresa Hrenak September 21, 2011 at 10:09 PM
@Mike: Apparently (thank god) the majority of voters don't feel the same as you..Maybe Scrima could get more accomplished if he didn't have to fight the common council on EVERY issue..As for the Trick-or-Treat times, it's fine the way it is..It SHOULD be on Halloween..If there wasn't a "Halloween" there would be no trick-or-treating..Nuff said..
Mark McCullough September 22, 2011 at 01:24 AM
Trick-or-Treating on the Saturday before Halloween NIGHT is like the Independence day fireworks being held the preceding Saturday morning. Many of my fondest memories as a child are the joys of the actual darkness, where the only lights were those houses handing out treats.
Mark McCullough September 22, 2011 at 01:28 AM
It's not fine the way it is, it starts too early and ends too early. If it started at seven in the evening and ended say 8:30 on the actual night of Halloween, that sounds much better.
Vernon September 22, 2011 at 11:25 AM
Get rid of it all together. Your kids are too fat anyway!
Colleen Hicks September 22, 2011 at 01:26 PM
It's fine on Halloween. I just think we should give the kids more time. I live in a large neighborhood and two hours isn't enough time.
michaelm September 22, 2011 at 07:12 PM
One of the funniest things we noticed when we moved to the area is the over regulation of many things we take for granted elsewhere to be none of the government's business. I've lived all over the US and this is the only place that thinks it needs to regulate our every action and activity. Halloween everywhere elsie I've lived is on the 31st and kids go out when they feel like going and come home based on the rules the parents establish, not the government. One more example of government do-gooders over reaching and butting in because they think they know what's best for everyone else while the people who get accustomed to it continue to let them do it because after all it's just trick or treat, or some other minor thing. This is the foundation of socialism that so many people don't seem to understand. It seems harmless enough but each little thing the nanny state decides to regulate is one more loss of self determination and self responsibility until after it's too late and we are all incapable of doing or thinking for ourselves. It's just trick or treat you say, but the line of government interfering in everything must be drawn and maintained. Otherwise freedoms of choice will continue to be taken and taken, regulated and manipulated each new bureaucrat trying to make their mark and go further than the last one will continue take and take in our best interests because they know best how we should live, where we should go, and what we do.
ForMyBoys September 22, 2011 at 07:20 PM
I love that trick or treat is always on Halloween in our area. It makes the event fun...and I think we should rely on parents to be, you know, parents...and get their kids to bed when they need to. It ends at 7pm, it's not like the kids can't get a proper night sleep. I have two school age boys, and never even considered this to be an issue or a problem. I say leave it alone!
Waukesha Resident September 22, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Really.. we are arguing about TOT times... aren't there bigger issues in the city...I can think of quite a few just off the top of my head... the condition of the roads we drive on... the quality of the water we drink.. the need for a City Administrator.. Let's get those solved and then we can discuss Trick or Treat.
clearthinker September 23, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Mayor Scrima should accept the suggestion of Ald. Ybarra and then in that same insincere tone that Ybarra uses he should say that he will consider it. Then he should take it and do the same with it that Ybarra does to all of the mayor's ideas-crumple it and file in the circular file!
Sunny September 23, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Moving to Saturday during hours of darkness is just, well, stupid. Too many drunk drivers out on a party night to have an all out kid Fest. That being said-the next time the 31st falls on a Sat night-I don't think it should be moved.
Nicole Wagner October 14, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Keep it the way it is. Trick or Treating should be on Halloween!
Kat Williams October 14, 2011 at 02:27 PM
I believe it should remain on Halloween...it isn't like kids trick or treat until midnight so I don't understand the problem of it being on a school night....it is one night a year and we are one of the few communitees that has stayed true to the tradition please don't change it
J.d. Johnson October 19, 2011 at 02:00 AM
I think it should be moved to the Sat. before. Maybe the hours of 4-7pm or 5-8pm. In the tough economic times we are in, usually both parents work. Which means, many kids are rushed to get ready by parents who are not getting home from work until after 5pm on weeknights. Also many people aren't home to hand out candy for the same reason. Having it on Sat. would give parents more time, without stressing out them or the kids. Parents wouldn't have to rush afterwards, cleaning up the kids & getting them ready for school the next day. And consider the kids that have homework to do. Parents would have time to make costumes look nice. Because I for one, am tired of handing out candy to kids who aren't really wearing one. Many people that hand out candy enjoy seeing the great costumes. And they should get something out of it, since they are willing to give our kids candy. Then there is safety. Parents with small children would be take them out while there is still some daylight. Yet there would still be an hour or two of darkness for older kids & the parents who want to be out later. Finally, a personal reason that may effect other parents. I am a divorced father, whose kids live 30 min away. It's hard to get my kids here on time and get them back home for school. I'm sure other parents wither it be a parent that works later or in cases of divorce. We would like to be able to see our kids in their costumes and be able to take them out tick or treating.
beth comstock October 20, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I agree with Jd. By the time I get home from work and get two kids ready... it will b half over. Plus my husband doesn't get home til 6 so whose going to hand out the candy at my house. If u r going to keep it on Halloween at least changed the time to 6 to 8 or something.
Concerned October 24, 2011 at 03:48 PM
Oh yeah, have the kids out trick or treating on a Saturday day night with all of the drunk drivers out there great idea. If you have to work and your too tired set it up for them to go with an older sibling, the neighbor kids, or a babysitter. Also I agree with "Waukesha resident", don't they have more important things to discuss???
Cathy Degner November 01, 2011 at 04:13 PM
I HATE that trick or treat is at night in this city! I grew up going out in the daytime, while everyone was watching the football game, and i believe the mayor of this city was wrong when they changed it. you cant see all the cool costumes and I believe most parents dont want to take out their younger ones b.c. of alot of factors that could happen at night vs the daytime. No wonder alot of folks go out the Halloween weekend and take their kids out to the towns that have it during the day.
Sherry Arenas September 28, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I found this website as I was trying to google when trick or treat was going to be this year (2012). I agree that it should be on a Saturday afternoon. . My daughter and her husband both work until 6pm. Kids look forward to this event for a long time. My grandson is already trying on his costume and would like to enjoy wearing it for more than an hour. Kids and parents are alot happier when they are not so stressed out during the week. Any two working parents with small kids in school, trying to juggle dinner, homework, baths etc knows exactly what I mean.
Tiffany October 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
My son's birthday is on Halloween and we love going trick-or-treating on the 31st. Please leave the date for Waukesha because its so much fun for the kids to do it in the evening on Halloween.

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