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Cincinnati could move Halloween Trick-or-Treat permanently to the weekend

CINCINNATI (WXIX) — The Cincinnati City Council will consider moving forward on Wednesday in an effort to protect Trick-or-Treating children from pedestrian accidents.

The motion asks the city administration to conduct a citywide survey to gauge whether Halloween Trick-or-Treat should be permanently moved to a weekend party.

Liz Keating, Cincinnati City Council member and primary sponsor of the motion, notes that the change will only take effect “if the community has a common interest.”

The three co-sponsors of the motion are board members Meeka Owens, Scotty Johnson and Reggie Harris.

US Department of Transportation Data over the two decades leading up to 2010 seems to show that Halloween is by far the deadliest day of the year for child pedestrian deaths.

A study 2019 which analyzed four decades of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data found that total pedestrian fatalities are 43% higher than normal on Halloween.

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Shifting the time to a weekend, for Keating reasons, will avoid rush hour traffic while creating a more accessible vacation for parents and guardians.

“Cincinnati has traditionally observed Trick-or-Treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., which creates safety and visibility issues due to the sun setting earlier in the fall,” Keating said. “Advancing the clock by one or two hours would bring daylight and visibility for everyone; adding important safety measures for our children and youth in all 52 neighborhoods of our city.

The City Manager sets the official time and date for Trick-or-Treating in Cincinnati.

Halloween this year falls on a Monday.

A few municipalities in Greater Cincinnati are hosting their Trick-or-Treats the previous Saturday instead.

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