WILLIAMSTOWN -City council on Tuesday gave unanimous voice approval to make the city's trick-or-treat an hour-long event.
"As a healthy lifestyle community, I think collecting candy from neighbors for an hour is long enough," said Mayor Jean Ford. "We are going to try it for this Halloween and see how it goes."
During the Sept. 17 city council meeting, Ford voiced her opinion as to a need for a unified Halloween trick-or-treat throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley as well as a shorter event for Williamstown.
"After the last meeting, I have had several phone calls - and I know council members have as well - from community members about trick-or-treat," she said.
Because Marietta has an ordinance that states the city will hold trick-or-treat the last Saturday of October of each year, Williamstown has traditionally held its at the same time to keep children from traveling across the river.
While Williamstown and Marietta join forces, other cities, including Parkersburg, Belpre, Vienna and North Hills, hold theirs together on another night.
"I did speak with the other (area) mayors about doing trick-or-treat at the same time next year and they all seemed interested," Ford said.
Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell and Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp told Ford they would discuss the possibility with their councils and see what happens.
"Maybe next year all five cities will have (trick-or-treat) on the same night," Ford said. "If it happens, I think it will be a nice evening for everyone."
Ford has been advocating the need for a unified Mid-Ohio Valley trick-or-treat Halloween observation since 2011.
Williamstown's trick-or-treat will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26, while Marietta will hold its from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the same evening.
Belpre, Parkersburg and Vienna will hold trick-or-treat Oct. 31. Times are currently unknown.