A Davenport resident, tired of handing out hundreds of pieces of candy during trick-or-treat hours that differ from other cities, wants the Davenport City Council to consider a change.
Dale Gilmour, who has lived on Fairhaven Court for 20 years, asked the council at its meeting last week to change its trick-or-treat hours from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31 to match up with the rest of the Quad-Cities. Davenport’s Halloween parade is on Oct. 31. The city coordinates the parade.
“We get literally vanloads of trick-or-treaters,” Gilmour said. “I’m tired of it.
“I think the city needs to coordinate. It is a matter of logic to me.”
Trick-or-treat hours are listed on this week’s council meeting as a discussion item. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 226 W. 4th St.
Gilmour’s neighborhood, just north of Kimberly Road, is easily accessible from Interstate 74. Many of the cars and minivans dropping off trick-or-treaters, he said, have Illinois license plates.
A trick-or-treat invasion is OK with Terri Rabe, who has lived on Fairhaven Court for four years. She dresses as a witch to meet the steady stream of children.
“I get a big charge out of it,” she said. “Anybody else living here would probably be mad.
“A lot of people around here will shut their lights off early.”
Alderman Jeff Justin, 6th Ward, who represents Gilmour, welcomes a discussion.
“I think it is worth considering,” he said. “I’ve heard it from more people than just Dale.”
Mayor Bill Gluba said he, too, sees an influx of ghosts, ladybugs and princesses in his neighborhood around Gaines Street. He calls the Halloween eve trick-or-treating and the parade a Davenport tradition. The parade started in 1946.
Petitions or requests to move trick-or-treating have popped up in the past, but the date has never changed, Gluba said. He sees that it can be a financial issue but also that it is part of Davenport’s welcoming attitude.
“I can go with what the majority of the City Council wants to do,” he said. “It is not the kind of issue that keeps me up late at night worrying.”
That is what Gilmour expects. He said he saw heads nod when he spoke Wednesday, but that means little.
“I think most of the aldermen don’t have the problem — ‘Oh, I get 35 trick-or-treaters,’” he said. “Come to my neighborhood and have 335. If people don’t have the problem, they don’t do anything.”