Deputies will be added Friday and Saturday
The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is advising residents with young children to advance trick-or-treating to Friday to avoid inclement weather anticipated with Saturday’s approaching cold front. “This could be a great opportunity for neighbors to get together and have discussions about safety in the community,” said Sheriff Greg Champagne. “This interaction is what we encourage in our promotion of local Neighborhood Watch programs. My office does employ certain actions in anticipation of the Halloween “customs” such as deploying additional personnel on the streets. I recognize that many have plans that are not easily changed this late. For this reason, I will increase personnel for both Friday night and also on Halloween night.
Champagne advised families with small children to meet with neighbors to establish local trick-or-treating routes in their neighborhood.
The sheriff emphasized that he is only suggesting the change because the government does not have authority to officially move a custom.
“I would like to clarify that Halloween is not a legal holiday nor a government sanctioned event,” Champagne said. “It is a ‘custom’ observed by most (but not all people). There are no state laws nor local ordinances regulating Halloween customs including “trick or treating” in St. Charles Parish.”