BY MATT CHRISTIAN AND TAMMIE TOLER
Mercer County residents might get to celebrate Halloween earlier this year.
The County Commission is expected to approve trick-or-treating in Mercer County at next Tuesday’s meeting. At the suggestion of Commissioner J.W. “Jay” Mills and President Joe Coburn, the event is expected to be Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Mills explained to his fellow commissioners that preferred trick-or-treat wouldn’t conflict with Wednesday evening religious services. Previously, the commission moved the trick-or-treating when it conflicted with religious services on Sunday.
County Coordinator Vicky Reed explained to the commissioners the reason she was asking them to set a date for children to gather candy. The City of Princeton had requested the information to prepare for their own trick-or-treat programs.
On Wednesday, Princeton City Council’s Public Safety Committee supported a plan to schedule trick-or-treat for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6-8 p.m.
“The [Greater Princeton] Ministerial Association approached me,” Mayor Pat Wilson said, explaining that the group asked for trick-or-treat be scheduled on a day other than Wednesday, Oct. 31.
That way, the candy distribution will not conflict with the region’s host of church services that convene on Wednesday.
The committee voted unanimously to present the Oct. 30 date to the full council during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Likewise, the Mercer County Commission will officially vote on the trick-or-treat time Tuesday.