Trick-or-treating to be held on Halloween night in Vicksburg, Warren County

Published 4:41 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Halloween is creeping closer and many in the Vicksburg community are asking when trick-or-treating will be observed.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said trick-or-treating would be observed Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Trick-or-treating is a tradition that children in our country have enjoyed for many years and traditionally it is always observed on Oct. 31, which is Halloween,” Pace said.

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But while this tradition of trick-or-treating is observed on Oct. 31 — Halloween — Pace said, “Over the years I and other law enforcement agencies have received calls about when Halloween would be celebrated.”

The reason for these calls may be due to when several years ago, he said, trick-or-treating in Warren County was held on an alternative day.

“The public is rarely ever asked to celebrate trick-or-treating at a date other than Oct. 31,” Pace said, but there have been a couple of times, he said, that it was moved.

“I can remember a number of years ago here in our community where we had a Vicksburg High and Warren Central home ball game on the Friday night which was Halloween. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen and county board of supervisors each entered into proclamations asking the public to celebrate it the day before,” Pace said, which had been Oct. 30.

The reasoning for this decision, he said, was for safety.

“The decision was made so as to not overtax law enforcement charged with providing public safety because of the dual responsibilities on that night,” he said.

This year, however, there are no conflicting events. Pace and Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones met and discussed a safe time for trick-or-treating to be observed. Both agreed on the 6 to 8 p.m. slot on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Pace stressed safe practices for trick-or-treating.

“For the parents that allow their children to participate in trick-or-treating we ask them to always observe common sense safety rules,” he said. “Don’t allow young children to go by themselves.  Trick-or-treaters should always be dressed in light or bright-colored clothes and if possible, wear reflective panels.

“It is wise not to let your children go to homes or into neighborhoods that they are not familiar with.”

Pace also issued a caution to drivers. Given the number of children on the streets, local law enforcement will have a “zero-tolerance policy” for traffic violations. Fast and reckless driving in and around any of the areas where children may be trick-or-treating will result in a citation.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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