A number of cities and parishes have moved trick-or-treating to Friday because of expected inclement weather on Saturday, which is Halloween.
These are the cities and parishes that have recommended moving it to Friday (hours for trick-or-treating follow if specified):
--New Orleans (6-8 p.m.)
-- St. Charles Parish. Sheriff Greg Champagne said he will have increased personnel on the clock for both Friday and Saturday to accommodate residents who made plans for Halloween that can’t be changed at this late hour.
--St. Bernard Parish
--St. John the Baptist Parish
-- Plaquemines Parish (6-8 p.m.)
--Harahan (6-10 p.m.)
--Kenner. Groups that have planned Halloween block parties in Kenner and arranged for police detail should call Sgt. Ronald Labarriere at 504-712-2401 to check about moving those to Friday.
--Gretna. Gretna will also move its “Gretna Goblin Night” to 5:30 p.m. Friday, in front of Gretna City Hall.
“Casper” will be played on an outdoor screen as part of the city’s “Back to the Drive-In” series at the same location, but will begin at 7 p.m., a later start time than originally scheduled.
The “Back to the River Fall Concert Series” will continue as scheduled with “The Yat Pack” playing from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday on the river batture.
Contact the Mayor’s Office at 504-363-1506 with questions.
St. Tammany Parish hasn’t made any recommendations about pushing trick-or-treating up to Friday, but Saturday night’s “Halloween at the Trailhead” in Mandeville was cancelled, officials said Thursday. “The Phunky Monkeys” band was scheduled to play at the event.
With forecasters predicting showers and thunderstorms for Saturday, St. John the Baptist Parish has decided to ask residents to move Halloween trick-or-treating to Friday, a change that could be made by at least one other area parish.
Jefferson Parish spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato said the parish will wait until Thursday morning before deciding whether a forecast of 2 to 4 inches of rain is enough to make a change.
Councilman Chris Roberts went a little further on his Facebook page.
“Should the forecast hold true into Thursday morning, Jefferson Parish will recommend that trick-or-treating should take place on Friday instead of Saturday,” he said.
Organizers of the Monster Bash, a Halloween festival held in Lafreniere Park in Metairie, decided to cancel the free event because of the threat of bad weather.
“With potential thunderstorms and flooding, we simply cannot ask our staff, vendors, patrons and sponsors to come out in such bad weather,” organizers said on the event’s Facebook page.
New Orleans officials have taken a more hands-off approach, issuing a news release urging residents to monitor weather conditions and make their Halloween plans accordingly.
On the north shore, St. Tammany Parish, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Slidell, Covington and Madisonville all said trick-or-treating remains scheduled for Saturday.
Similarly, there are no changes yet in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes.
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.
In St. John, though, children are advised to go door to door for candy from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, parish spokeswoman Baileigh Rebowe Helm said.
Motorists are asked to be mindful of pedestrians during these hours and to drive with caution through residential neighborhoods.
The threat of heavy rain Saturday has led public officials in East Baton Rouge Parish and elsewhere across the state to change the trick-or-treat day.