Whiteville repeals decades old trick-or-treat ordinance

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Families trick-or-treat at Independence Mall (Photo: Sarah Johnson/WWAY)

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — As Halloween gets closer, trick-or-treating just got a little bit easier in the Whiteville.

During its meeting on Tuesday night, the Whiteville City Council voted unanimously to repeal an ordinance that was approved in 1985 that prevented anyone older than 12-years-old to trick-or-treat and stopping any trick-or-treat activities promptly at 8:30 pm.

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The council also voted to approve a proclamation that outlines safety guidelines for trick-or-treaters:

  • Limit trick-or-treating to children under the age of 16, except those with special needs
  • Parental supervision during activities
  • The activities should take place between 6 pm and 8 pm on Sunday, Oct. 31
  • Residents who wish to participate should leave an outdoor light on during those hours
  • Trick-or-treaters should wear lights or glowsticks

The city also encourages parents to check through the treats before allowing their kids to eat them and be mindful of traffic.

The proclamation has not been finalized, but Mayor Terry Mann is expected to sign the finished version in the next couple of days.