Williamstown Council discusses trick-or-treat

WILLIAMSTOWN – City council was asked Tuesday to think of and consider possible changes to the trick-or-treat event.

“Every year we have trick-or-treat at the same time as Marietta, which always has theirs the last Saturday of October,” said Mayor Jean Ford. “I think it is really early this year.”

Ford asked council members to think of changes they would like to see and consider for the city’s Halloween recognition.

Traditionally, Williamstown has gone with Marietta while the other cities in the area join forces on another night. Marietta has an ordinance that states the city will hold trick-or-treat the last Saturday of October of each year. In order to keep children from traveling across the river to participate in the event in both cities, Williamstown follows the rule.

Also to keep the number of people traveling among municipalities, Parkersburg, North Hills, Vienna and Belpre hold their trick-or-treats together on a separate night from Williamstown and Marietta.

“Not only should we consider the night, but we usually have it for an hour-and-a-half and I think we can cut that,” Ford said. “An hour, I think, is plenty long.”

Ford said she plans to discuss trick-or-treat plans today during the Mid-Ohio Valley Mayors Association meeting.