Halloween on a Sunday leads to trick-or-treat conflict

By Tyana Williams - bio | email

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Many consider Sunday a holy day, but this year, it is also Halloween. Many Livingston residents are conflicted about whether they will let their children trick-or-treat on the day itself.

A parish ordinance states if Halloween falls on a Sunday, kids must wait until Monday to collect candy, but some folks say the whole thing is corny.

"I think they should leave it as it is," said Cindy Albritton.

"I don't know; I don't think it's a big deal. It's Halloween," said Michelle Thornton from Ultimate Party.

The Halloween store in Denham Springs has re-stocked its shelves after a scary busy weekend.

"It doesn't faze people. They're still coming in, still shopping," added Thornton.

The day set aside for handing out tricks or treats is hitting a sour note this year.

"We don't change Christmas. We don't change Thanksgiving or other holidays. I think it just causes too much commotion and confusion," Albritton explained.

Four years ago, Livingston Parish decided Oct. 31 is the official holiday, but an exception shall be made when it falls on a Sunday. In that event, trick-or-treating will be held the following Monday, Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The rule has some wondering if they celebrate Halloween on the holy day have they turned Sunday into sin day.

"You think of Halloween, you think of the devil and it's not really the case. It's another day to dress up and it's for kids. It's not like it's a sin day or anything," Thornton stated.

The ACLU has even stepped in and said a government body cannot regulate a holiday.

According to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office, the ordinance does not prohibit people from donning their costumes any night and because there are no penalties, they say it is not enforceable. Officials plan to have extra officers out on Saturday, Oct. 30 because it seems to be the day most residents are planning for trick-or-treating.

However, the Livingston Parish Council said the un-incorporated areas will celebrate on the following Monday.

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