AVON PARK — The trick is picking the best day for the little ones to go Halloween trick-or-treating.
The City Council decided Monday to break from the rest of the county and have trick-or-treating on the Saturday before Halloween, which is Oct. 28.
For many years Avon Park and sometimes other municipalities have celebrated Halloween on the last Saturday in October if the holiday fell on a weeknight when school was the next day.
Avon Park Councilman Jim Barnard said he heard from several citizens who complained about the city announcing it was calling for trick-or-treating on Halloween, with Oct. 31 falling on a Tuesday this year.
According to a native of the city, Halloween has always been celebrated on the last Saturday in October, he said.
Those who live in Avon Park know that especially around North Lake Avenue several thousand kids go there on the last Saturday of the month in observance of Halloween, Barnard said.
Public Safety Director Jason Lister said Oct. 31 was chosen after he contacted the City of Sebring Police Department and Highlands County to find out when they were observing the holiday.
To remain consistent with every other governmental unit in the county that was the date selected because why would Avon Park want to be different from everybody else? Lister said.
Mayor Garrett Anderson said they should keep the tradition of Avon Park rather than following others.
“I would certainly be in favor of having it on the last Saturday,” he said.
Council agreed on the City observing Halloween on the last Saturday of the month, which is Oct. 28.