When to trick-or-treat? It’s your choice, mayor says

Published 6:23 am Saturday, October 9, 2021

VIDALIA — Along the Vidalia riverfront with the Mississippi River Bridge in the background, Vidalia mayor Buz Craft and Natchez Mayor Dan Gibson took time to answer one simple question on Friday. When should people celebrate halloween?

Normally, this would be a simple answer, Oct. 31 of course. However, the holiday landed on a Sunday this year, prompting Miss-Lou residents to call their local municipal offices with questions about when they could trick or treat.

“I think it is ridiculous that people call the mayor for his opinion on Halloween,” Gibson said. “I feel like this: It is time for the government to get out of people’s business. If people want to celebrate Hhalloween on Saturday, then celebrate it on Saturday. If people want to celebrate it Sunday, then celebrate it Sunday.”

Craft said the National Calendar states if Halloween falls on a Sunday then the last Saturday in October is the day trick-or-treating should take place. However, if people want to trick-or-treat on Sunday then it is fine. 

The mayors asked citizens to get their trick-or-treating in between the hours of 5 p..m. to 8 p.m. on whichever day they choose. People who wish to not leave and or participate in giving out candy should turn their front lights off. Those who want to give out candy should turn their lights on, Gibson said. 

Craft said those who are immunocompromised or concerned about COVID do not have to participate in trick-or-treat and also should turn off their porch lights. 

Halloween weekend should be an exciting time for the Miss-Lou region with several events happening in both Natchez and Vidalia. Friday, Oct. 29, kicks off the weekend with a trick-or-treat in downtown Natchez with the city’s merchants. 

On Saturday, Natchez will have a trunk-or-treat with the Grinch on Broadway. OnSunday, Vidalia First Baptist Church will hold a trunk-or-treat from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“There are plenty of things to do,” Craft said. “We invite you to come to the Miss-Lou.”