Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 18:04
While most people are dealing with the end of summer, the Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday looked ahead to Halloween.
Aldermen agreed to hold trick or treat from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 â€” a decision that spurred a heated debate.
Although the city has traditionally held trick or treat on the weekend prior to the holiday, Ald. Kevin Rudser had a different take on the date.
â€śWhy not hold Halloween on Halloween?â€ť he asked. â€śA number of communities have gone to having Halloween on Halloween, which is the way it should be.â€ť
This year, Oct. 31 falls on a Thursday, causing City Administrator Mark Grams to note that weekdays often result in conflicts with school events.
Safety was on the mind of Port Washington Police Capt. Mike Davel.
â€śThe problem with weekday Halloween is that this time frame is when traffic is busiest on many of our streets,â€ť he said. â€śPeople are coming home from work, going to school events. Itâ€™s starting to get dark.â€ť
Davel recommended the city continue to hold trick or treat on a Saturday afternoon.
â€śMany of our neighborhoods participate fully,â€ť he said, complete with parents grilling in the driveway as youngsters go from house to house. â€śItâ€™s become quite the event.â€ť
Ald. Dan Becker said he has already received a number of calls from constituents who want trick or treat on Saturday.
But none of this swayed Rudser, who said â€śthereâ€™s nothing worse than Saturday afternoonâ€ť when families are trying to do things together.
â€śI canâ€™t imagine the residents of Port Washington canâ€™t adapt (to a weekday trick or treat),â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s like we should have Christmas on Saturday this year instead of Wednesday because itâ€™s a weekday.â€ť
Mayor Tom Mlada said, â€śIâ€™m feeling the inner alderkid coming outâ€ť as Rudser cast the only vote against the Saturday trick or treat.