Cities in the Indianapolis Metro area have delayed Trick or Treating for one day due to the high likelihood of severe weather, reports the Shelbyville News.
“There is quite a bit of confidence in the basic forecast for unsettled weather, which hasn’t changed for several days,” meteorologist Paul Poteet told the Indianapolis Star. “It is likely there there will be a severe thunderstorm watch in place somewhere — quite possibly in central Indiana — at the time kids would be going door to door.”
Indianapolis, as well as surrounding cities including Greenwood, Carmel, Fishers, Shelbyville, and many others have delayed Trick or Treating festivities to Friday.
Greenwood, Franklin, Bargersville, Whiteland, Trafalgar and the unincorporated parts of the county have moved trick-or-treat hours to Friday evening.
Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun made an official statement late Tuesday night that the town would move the event from Thursday to Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. due to safety concerns.
“We had concerns regarding severe weather and the safety of children. Public safety is always number one. This is the first time, however, that I can remember where we have had to move Trick or Treating due to weather,” DeBaun said.
Many cities held off as long as they could, boldly declaring their intention to keep hours on the normal day, such as Noblesville.
“The final decision as to whether a child trick-or-treats is a decision the parent or guardian must make,” said Noblesville spokeswoman Cara Culp, in a statement issued before noon on Wednesday. However this decision was changed within hours of the initial statement.
According to the Daily Journal, Greenwood Park Mall has moved its indoor event also to Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
The change in hours has affected events scheduled for Friday such as sectional football games. The Daily Journal reports that the Class 5A sectional football game at Whiteland against Franklin will be pushed back from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. due to the change in Trick or Treat hours. School officials will pass out candy to children in attendance at the game as well.
Other towns including Edinburgh, Morristown and St. Paul confirmed on Wednesday that they have changed their days as a result of this increased risk of severe weather.
“We usually try to follow what Shelbyville does. We don’t want to chance public safety,” Morristown town secretary Elaine Goble Carlton said.
However, in New Whiteland, children can trick-or-treat on Thursday or Friday.
Many have debated the decision, some agreeing with the move, stating children’s safety should be first and paramount.
“There is supposed to be lightning with these storms,” wrote Westfield resident Amy Whitmer on Westfield’s Facebook page. “Kid safety should be number one.”
However, others are argue that tradition should be adhered to and consider changing the day of the event a travesty.
“Maybe Xmas should be moved to July so it is safer for families to travel to grandma,” wrote Rochelle Borinstein on the Indianapolis Star’s Facebook page.