PORTSMOUTH — At Monday’s Portsmouth City Council Meeting, Mayor Kevin Johnson suggested moving Portsmouth Trick or Treat to Friday.
“Portsmouth City Schools are going to the playoffs Saturday night, Notre Dame is also going to the playoffs, Portsmouth Peewee Football has tournaments going into the early evening, and East is going into playoffs as well,” said Johnson. “Even though high schoolers wouldn’t be trick or treating, their younger siblings would be.”
The county trick or treat would remain Saturday but Johnson suggested moving Portsmouth to Friday due to playoffs on Saturday and Church on Sunday.
“There are three different issues,” said Councilman Sean Dunne. “No one will want to trick or treat in the rain on Friday, sports on Saturday, and religion on Sunday, so there’s going to be reasons for people not to do it on each of those days.”
City Clerk, Dianna Ratliff, said she has been receiving phone calls for months asking about the official trick or treat date.
“If you’re a parent, you have to make your schedule and ask for days off,” said Ratliff. “Some of these people I have already told and they have asked for this day off.”
The OHSAA released the playoff schedule Sunday, October 24 but Portsmouth Trick or Treat has been scheduled since September.
Councilman Charlotte Gordan said she agreed with Ratliff.
“There have been many parents who have already taken time off,” said Gordan. “I think while every school is going to playoffs, there are many children who don’t have the opportunity to go to the games.”
The final decision on moving trick or treat to Friday was given to City Manager, Sam Southerland.
“The date has been posted for a long time so it is probably best just to leave it,” said Southerland.
Trick or Treat in Portsmouth will remain Saturday, October 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Johnson said the commissioners are recommending parents do a trunk or treat and take candy with them to the games for the children.
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