Trick or treat, or don’t — It’s up to you


Telegraph Editor

STARKE – Queried by their manager about setting a time to trick or treat, Starke commissioners chose not to.

It’s not uncommon for cities to  establish trick or treat hours for the Halloween holiday, whether that time takes place on Oct. 31 or in conjunction with some other event.

In the past, the Starke City Commission has sometimes set a date, and sometimes not, but the question always comes up.

Founded by downtown merchants, the city’s annual Great Pumpkin Escape was meant to provide a safer alternative to seeking candy door to door. However the event rarely falls on Oct. 31. School festivals and dress up days further complicate when kids are meant to get in costume and enjoy the Halloween traditions.

Starke commissioners chose to steer clear of any dictates this year, recognizing that some will want to trick or treat on Halloween night, and there is little they can do about that. Homes will have treats to hand out, or they won’t.

That’s where the tricks come in.

The Great Pumpkin Escape, taking place the evening of Saturday, Oct. 29, will have plenty of fun for the entire family, including candy, games, pony rides and lots of vendors selling food and more. It is free to attend.