Don't be tricked: For Wichita and surrounding communities, Halloween — the night for little ghosts and goblins to go door-to-door and beg for candy — is indeed on Sunday this year.
"We're getting some calls," said Vicki Akers, a utility clerk who answers the phone for the town of Douglass, east of Wichita. "People want to know if they're supposed to trick-or-treat Saturday or Sunday."
The answer: Halloween is Oct. 31. And that's Sunday. Period.
"We switched it years ago, and we kind of had mass confusion," Akers said. "People didn't know what to do, or they went trick-or-treating both days. ... We just decided it's easier to leave it on the actual day."
The last time Halloween fell on a Sunday was in 2004. The time before that, in 1999, about a dozen communities, including Newton and Goddard, moved their official trick-or-treating night to Saturday, saying they preferred kids to trick-or-treat on a weekend instead of a school night. Others said they didn't want to conflict with Sunday night church activities.
But for many, the trick was on them. Enterprising Wichita trick-or-treaters, for example, flooded Goddard on Saturday to double their candy quotient.
Now most towns say they don't mess with the calendar. That includes Wichita, which has never switched the holiday — at least not in recent history. (Said former Mayor Bob Knight in 1999: "I don't presume to have that much power.")
Only Anthony, about 60 miles southwest of Wichita, announced in the city's newspaper this week that the town's "official" holiday — with a Kiwanis-sponsored parade and trick-or-treating at downtown stores and elsewhere — would be Saturday instead of Sunday.
"Normally, we just don't trick-or-treat on Sunday here," said Gwen Warner, executive director of the Anthony Chamber of Commerce. "The stores are closed. A lot of people aren't home. And just out of respect for it being Sunday."
That said, Warner said she won't be surprised if costumed kids come calling on Sunday.
"People in Anthony, they're just really good to the kids," she said. "There may be neighbors who say, 'Sure, we've still got some candy. Come on over.' "