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>I know this has happened before,

>but when do you think trick-or-treating starts when Halloween is on a Saturday? I can’t believe Hopey has been running things since January and still hasn’t gotten back to us on this.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >Roger,

    You'll probably be horrified to learn that Guvmint runs this. Most municipalities declare specific times when Trick-or-Treating starts and stops.

    Kinda kills the spontaneity if you ask me.

  2. >I think in my neighborhood it's 3:00-7:00. (I like it that there are suggested times–it helps the grown-ups to be prepared for the little ones who come early, and helps discourage teenagers from ringing the doorbells at 10:30 at night when the youngsters are sleeping it off.)

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >Rochelle in our Ohio office said they all got it over with last night.

  4. >Here in Utah, if Halloween falls on a Sunday, most towns and cities will reassign Trick-or-Treating to a Saturday or Sunday. 'Cause we can't have youngsters traipsing around as witches and ghosts on Ye Sabbath, can we?

    P.S. — It took me forever to figure out who "Hopey" is. First thought: one of the Seven Dwarfs?

  5. >Whoops — I meant to say that Trick or Treat gets reassigned to a Saturday or Monday.

  6. The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after says:

    >At dusk her in Canada. Happy Halloween.

  7. >One or two p.m. for the very littlest ones. Regular hours start around six and go til nine. Then comes the Half-Hour of Disapproval for tutting but still handing out candy. Then it's (porch) lights out.

  8. melanie hope greenberg says:

    >In NYC it's been going on non-stop for a week 🙂 Happy Halloween.

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