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Halloween trick or treat hours

28. October 2006 • Bruce Fields
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From Edward Vielmetti, our embedded field micro-correspondent:

Halloween trick or treat hours for the county are here:

I’ve posted them as well to the arborparents list, in the expectation of getting a few details filled in.

  • Ann Arbor: Downtown merchants 11am-5pm
  • Ann Arbor: Downtown Library parade kids 2+ 10-11am
  • Chelsea: 4-6pm
  • Dexter: 5:30-7:30pm
  • Manchester: Downtown merchants, no time listed
  • Milan Downtown merchants Oct 27 4-7pm
  • Saline: 6-8pm
  • Ypsilanti: Farmers Market 3pm

  1. OK, for the rest of us: what are trick or treat hours?

       —Bruce Fields    Oct. 28 '06 - 08:19PM    #
  2. Bruce Fields asks: “OK, for the rest of us: what are trick or treat hours?”

    Communities across American typically prescribe some ‘suggested’ hours for trick or treating, an activity that includes children dressed in costumes knocking on doors, sometimes even of people they don’t even know, and saying ‘Trick or Treat!’, with the sinister implication that if a treat is not deposited in their bag, (which they tote along for the specific purpose of hauling their free treats away) they will engage in some kind of trick, ranging from throwing dried corn at your windows (known as ‘corning’), to writing prankish slogans on your windows using soap (known as ‘soaping’), to throwing eggs at your windows (known as ‘egging’), to festooning your trees with toilet paper (known as ‘TP-ing’), to leaving too-long, rambling, comments on your website using obscure baseball analogies (known as ‘blogging’).

    If both the trickers and the treaters abide by the prescribed time window, then the theory is that civility ultimately prevails, and less tricking goes on, it’s safer for kids, etcetera.

    Simply put, trick-or-treat hours are like getting permission to swing away on a 3-0 count.

    Question: There used to be a ‘parade’ of folks banging drums who would wander up and down the streets on the Old West Side on Halloween (Maybe 4-5 years ago) Anybody know what I’m talking about? Who were they? Why did they stop? Any way to lure them back?

    Question: Any AU readers on Granger Street who can verify that ‘hundreds and hundreds’ of kids descend on that street every year?

       —HD    Oct. 28 '06 - 09:40PM    #
  3. On the Old West Side group—-I heard that they were a group of Community High kids and a local tradition and they’ve been around for awhile. They came down my OWS street last year (I think it was last year! not long ago and in any case in the last 2 years ), tho in diminished numbers and fairly late. I like them and hope they’re not really gone—-they’ve been around awhile and are a nice punctuation to an evening that starts with younger kids.

       —Aki    Oct. 29 '06 - 02:46AM    #
  4. “Communities across American typically prescribe some ‘suggested’ hours for trick or treating, an activity that includes children dressed in costumes knocking on doors,”

    I get the halloween thing. I’m a little worried about whether anyone in Chelsea does, though—their “suggested” hours are entirely before sunset.

    “Simply put, trick-or-treat hours are like getting permission to swing away on a 3-0 count.”

    I hope there doesn’t turn out to be a version of Godwin’s law for baseball analogies….

       —Bruce Fields    Oct. 29 '06 - 03:07AM    #
  5. What, has nobody here heard of sporking?

    Sporking is another trick, similar to soaping or TPing, where the tricker sticks plastic forks, spoons, and sporks into the offending householder’s ground. This works best when expecting a big frost, so if the homeowner tries to pull up the forks first thing in the morning, they are left with a broken fork in their hand and plastic tines still left in their lawn.

    I guess sporking isn’t environmentally friendly enough for an Ann Arbor prank. Do kids here stick TPing with recycled, chlorine-free toilet paper?

       —Chuck    Oct. 29 '06 - 06:01AM    #
  6. A couple of updates:

    Manchester: 6-8pm
    Loch Alpine subdivision: 6-8pm

    Granger should have a lot of trick-or-treaters, though the density goes way up as you head east. Lower Burns Park has nowhere near the number of kids (and super-generous households) that Upper Burns Park has.

       —Edward Vielmetti    Oct. 29 '06 - 09:22AM    #
  7. Manchester update: 5-7pm downtown, and they’re doing free handmade caramel apples at the red mill downtown. (from a post on arborparents)

       —Edward Vielmetti    Oct. 30 '06 - 02:38AM    #
  8. Does anyone know the hours for Ann Arbor neighborhoods? (Not just downtown events)

       —Kara    Oct. 30 '06 - 05:50AM    #
  9. From the AA News:

    • Ann Arbor: 5-8 p.m.
    • Ann Arbor Township: Not designated.
    • Augusta: Not designated.
    • Bridgewater: 5-7 p.m.
    • Brighton: 6-8 p.m.
    • Chelsea: 4-6 p.m.
    • Dexter: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    • Freedom: Not available.
    • Lima: Not available.
    • Lodi: Not available.
    • Manchester: 5-7 p.m.
    • Milan: 6-8 p.m.
    • Northfield Township: Not available.
    • Pittsfield Township: Not designated. Candy checks on Halloween from 6:30-9 p.m. at McDonald’s on Carpenter Road and McDonald’s on Washtenaw Ave.; and at Pittsfield Township Fire Station #3, 705 W. Ellsworth Rd. (near the Ann Arbor Airport, west of State Street).
    • Saline: 6-8 p.m.
    • Saline Township: Not designated.
    • Salem Township: Not designated.
    • Scio Township: Not designated.
    • Sharon Township: Not designated.
    • Superior Township: 6-8 p.m.
    • Sylvan Township: Not available.
    • Webster Township: Not designated.
    • York Township: Not designated.
    • Ypsilanti: 6-8 p.m.
    • Ypsilanti Township: 6-8 p.m.
    • Livingston County communities: Not available.

       —Chris    Oct. 30 '06 - 11:23PM    #
  10. Halloween field report:

    Saul and Jonathan went out (Saul was a chef, Jonathan was a lemon). Our neighborhood (Lower Burns Park) had plenty of people with lights on and doors open, but not very many trick-or-treaters out at 6pm. As such the candy pickings were really good.

    Saul was also collecting for Unicef and asked for money (“a quarter, a dollar, or a penny”).

    It was a nice night for trick or treating, especially since the predictions were for rain.

    The downtown trick or treating this afternoon was amazing, there were preschoolers all over the streets in lots of cute costumes. I saw a Raggedy Ann, lots of boys in Spiderman suits, princesses of course, and many more. The teller at the credit union was a pirate (would you give your money to a pirate?)

       —Edward Vielmetti    Nov. 1 '06 - 08:34AM    #
  11. Time to start collecting Halloween hours again. The Arborwiki Halloween page is a good start.

    Ann Arbor’s most famous resident, Shaky Jake, claimed to have been born on Halloween in the year 1900 (video).

       —Edward Vielmetti    Sep. 27 '07 - 06:01AM    #
  12. I was just down south last week and some of the local parks and recreation centers have a “ Trunk or Treat” event in which you decorate your car or Trunk and pass out candy. Does anyone know if any of the parks have this in the Ann Arbor area?

       —Brenda Green    Oct. 30 '07 - 11:05PM    #
  13. Does anyone know of trick or treating events after Halloween day? My child is sick :(

       —Michelle    Nov. 1 '07 - 02:21AM    #
  14. field report:

    downtown Ann Arbor was full of trick or treaters during the day going to local businesses – dozens of 3, 4 year olds with their moms out in full costume. Quite a sight to see.

    The weather held up for our outing. Saul went as a chef, and Jonathan had a mashup of a strawberry hat, a batman shirt, and his pink boots (viz. Flickr arbcamp tag for a nice shot of those). We had a very good haul in our Lower Burns Park neighborhood, with lots of houses open and lots of kids out but not a huge overwhelming crush. J. filled most of a half-peck apple bag.

    The candy score of the night was from our neighbors on the corner in a student (beer pong) rental. They said they didn’t have many visitors so they gave the big kids GIANT size hershey bars.

       —Edward Vielmetti    Nov. 1 '07 - 06:06AM    #