Several East Tenn. locations do trick or treating 1 night early

Several East Tennessee cities, counties hold trick or treating 1 night early


6 News Anchor/Reporter

ROCKWOOD (WATE) - With Halloween falling on a Sunday this year, officials in several East Tennessee cities have set trick or treating for Saturday night instead.

These cities are celebrating on Saturday night:

  • Caryville
  • Clinton
  • Harriman
  • Jellico
  • Kingston
  • Loudon
  • Madisonville
  • Morristown
  • Newport
  • Oliver Springs
  • Rockwood
  • Sweetwater

These counties are celebrating on Saturday night:

  • Anderson
  • Campbell
  • Claiborne
  • Cocke
  • Grainger
  • Greene
  • Hamblen
  • Hancock
  • Hawkins
  • Loudon
  • McMinn
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Roane
  • Scott

Knoxville and Knox County don't make official designations about Halloween. It's up to subdivisions, neighborhoods and community groups to get the word out for their trick or treating.

Donna Flask decks out her Rockwood home for Halloween. She plans to hand out candy to more than 1,000 children this year, but on October 30 instead of the 31st.

"It doesn't matter," Flask said. "The kids will love it no matter what time it is and so will we."

In nearby Kingston, police say it's been this way as long as they can remember.

"It's been like a tradition in the city if it falls on a Sunday night, out of respect for the Lord's day and church night. We move it to Saturday night so it doesn't interfere with church activities and the children can go out and enjoy it," said Lt. Gary Nelson.

Police say no matter what night Halloween falls on, there will always be a few tricks. "There's usually a prank or two that gets played. We watch out for those, the yard rollers and eggers. So, we step up patrols a little bit before that," Lt. Nelson said.

That means the little ghosts and goblins can trick or treat safely. "It's just their faces. They just love it. They are absolutely excited about it and nothing bothers them. They're just having a good, safe time," Flask said.

However, there are still some counties and cities in East Tennessee celebrating Halloween on Sunday night.

These cities are celebrating on Sunday night:

  • Gatlinburg
  • Lenoir City
  • Sevierville

These counties are celebrating on Sunday night:

  • Blount
  • Jefferson
  • Sevier
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