The Mingo County Commission set Saturday, Oct. 30, as the countywide trick-or-treat date during its meeting Wednesday morning, Oct. 6. However, that date comes with a caveat that allows flexibility for the five municipalities.

Commission Liaison Tina Lockard told the commissioners that neighboring Pike County, Ky., had set their date for Thursday, Oct. 28. Traditionally, Mingo and Pike counties conduct their trick-or-treat activities on the same date for logistical and safety reasons. However, Commissioner Diann Hannah said the county used Saturday for trick-or-treating last year and she thought it worked out well. She suggested using the Saturday date again.

Commission President Thomas Taylor agreed with Hannah and said he thought the Saturday date last year worked out well and was in favor of using Saturday again this year. He added that Saturday seems to be a better day for parents and people who work.

“The City of Williamson is wanting you to use Oct. 28 because there will be a concert in West End on the (Oct.) 30th,” County Grant Writer and Project Manager Leigh Ann Ray. “They are concerned the additional traffic could be a safety issue with all the kids that trick-or-treat in the Sunset area.”

Hannah said that the commission’s responsibility is for the county as a whole. She made a motion for set the trick-or-treat on Saturday with the qualification that any municipality could set its own trick-or-treat if they do not want to use the countywide date.

That motion passed without opposition.

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