SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WYTV) – Friday night football is a big deal in the Mahoning Valley.
This year, it has pushed neighborhood trick-or-treat times to the sidelines. Halloween is on Friday this year and some communities are celebrating on another day, but football is not the only reason.
Springfield Township is holding trick-or-treat the day before Halloween this year because the Springfield Tigers and South Range Raiders are set to battle it out on the football field on Friday.
A township trustee said the decision to bump it up a day was based solely on public safety.
“It’s the big rival. It’s the big game. The stands will be filled,” Springfield Township Trustee Robert Orr said.
Football games are working nights for township first responders who are at every home game.
“So everyone is going to be there. No one will be out protecting kids trick or treating on dark streets,” Orr said.
It’s the main reason the township moved trick-or-treat to Oct. 30. It wants its police officers to be out keeping an eye on the children.
“We get huge crowds in some of our neighborhoods for Halloween,” Orr said.
Canfield and Poland also saw the a calendar conflict and set aside Nov. 1 for trick-or-treat so families can be at the rival match up.
“Poland-Canfield is a very big game for us and for Poland, so that is why we did it,” Canfield Council President Steve Rogers said.
There are some mixed reactions about celebrating Halloween on a different night. Some parents were happy trick-or-treat was finally not on a school night. Others said they are OK with switching up the day.
“The weekend is great. My husband will be able to be there,” Poland resident Dawn Payne said.
She said she has no problem trick-or-treating on a different day. Her daughter is going as Tinkerbell.
“Nicer for the families who have somebody playing football and it is nicer that it is earlier in the evening before her bed time,” Payne said.