The City of Albion will move forward with plans to host trick or treating this October.

The Albion City Council set a date of Oct. 31 for its trick or treating during its September regular session Tuesday night, with a window of 5–7 p.m. for children to gather candy from their neighbors on Halloween evening. The council passed the measure by a 5–1 margin, with Alderman Gary Mason serving as the lone dissenting vote.

The decision comes at a time when most municipalities in the area are electing to cancel trick or treating, as well as other Halloween festivities, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Me personally, my own opinion, I think we should have trick or treat,” said Albion Mayor Wesley Harris during discussion on the topic. “Let’s not take it away from the kids.

“I mean, I understand everything that’s going on in the world right now, but this is kind of one of their things that (the kids love).”

It was decided by the council to set the time frame from 5–7 p.m. to coincide with the annual Albion Chamber of Commerce Trunk or Treat. The chamber event will include a costume contest at 4 p.m. Halloween day, and the Trunk or Treat itself from 5–7 p.m.

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