Trick-or-treating was confusing
By Chris Rosa
There were plenty of confused parents and children for Halloween this past week.
Children were able to trick-or-treat two nights this week thanks to our public officials.
If you live in the city limits, with the exception of Gueydan, you had to do your trick-or-treating Thursday night. Most children in Abbeville went to Magdalen Square which made trick-or-treating easier on the parents.
Erath children drove up and down Broadway and then stopped at Erath High for extra treats given to them by the senior students.
However, if you live out in the rural areas of the parish, trick-or-treating was on Friday because no governmental body changed the date and left it the way it should have been.
The question some parents are asking this morning is why was trick-or-treating changed to Thursday instead of leaving it on Friday?
Friday night football is the answer, folks.
Councilmen and aldermen decided it would be safer for trick-or-treaters to walk the streets on another night instead of the same night as high school football.
Not all parishes changed trick-or-treating. Lafayette Parish kept it Friday night and high school football games were played and well attended.
Abbeville changed trick-or-treating to Thursday because it was homecoming at Abbeville High. Based on Thursday night trick-or-treaters, the most popular place to get candy was downtown Abbeville, and not around the AHS football stadium. VC was on the road in Delcambre. I am confused about that decision.
Erath High was on the road in Kaplan, so there was no game in their stadium, so Broadway was clear. Kaplan Hgh’s stadium is far away from homes, so traffic would not have been a problem around the stadium.
Where all of the confusion started was when the Police Jury elected not to change the day of trick-or-treating from Friday to Thursday. Police Juror Chris Beraud, who lives in Abadie Oaks Subdivision, called me two weeks ago and wanted something run in the Meridional letting everyone know that Halloween is still taking place on Friday in Abadie Oaks Subdivision. It is a popular neighborhood where hundreds of children go for great candy.
The problem with wanting to keep it on Friday was that he did not check with everyone in Abadie Oaks Subdivision to see if it was OK with them. His neighbors called me wanting to know who said Halloween is on Friday and not Thursday like the rest of the parish. I told them to call their police juror.
By having it two different nights, it confused many parents and children.
Son: “Mom, why are we going trick or treating tonight? Friday is trick or treat.”
Mom: “Grown-ups decided they knew what was best for children, so they switched the date thinking no one would care.”
Daughter: “Christmas is on a Thursday this year. Is it still on that day? Are they going to change that holiday also?”
Mom: “We will have to wait and see.”