Local Halloween Dates: Saturday Or Sunday?

October 28, 2010

Several communities in the North Escambia area are encouraging Trick or Treating for Saturday rather than on Sunday which is Halloween.

A list of Trick or Treat days are below, and on Friday and Saturday, we will publish a comprehensive list of Fall Festivals, Trunk or Treats and other celebrations and events the area.


  • Escambia County, Florida — Sunday
  • Century — Saturday, beginning at dusk
  • Jay — Saturday, (including downtown), 5-8 pm
  • City of Pensacola — Sunday
  • Santa Rosa County, Florida — Sunday
  • Milton — Saturday
  • Gulf Breeze — Saturday


  • Atmore — Saturday, 5-8 pm
  • Flomaton — Saturday, 5-8 pm
  • Brewton — Saturday, 5-8 pm
  • East Brewton — Saturday, 5-8 pm
  • Bay Minette — Saturday


43 Responses to “Local Halloween Dates: Saturday Or Sunday?”

  1. 13YearsOld on October 30th, 2010 5:31 pm

    Please stop saying that we need to respect God and Church sundays. I go to church and everything. Hallowen is not about Satan or anything bad. Its real origins are because the death of the land; the leaves falling from the trees and such. Overtime everyone tells diffrent stories, but if you really want to insult other people maybe you should know more about your topic.

  2. tejas25 on October 30th, 2010 5:13 pm

    Here’s some points – first according to the Bible, the Sabbath was the 7th day of the week, so here in the States, Saturday would actually be the Sabbath. Secondly, if one has a problem with celebrating Halloween or trick-or-treating on a Sunday because it is “church day” then maybe he/she shouldn’t be going at all whether Sunday or Saturday. Thirdly, having a church function or fall festival or whatever on Halloween is still holding a celebration that day, and is no different than dressing up the children and going with them to trick-or-treat and having fun that way. I would also like to ask why some of you have such a problem with celebrating Halloween, but do you realize that the days we celebrate Christmas and Easter are actually on pagan (or non-Christian) holidays…so maybe you should be worried about celebrating Christian holidays on the same days as pagan holidays instead of closer to or on the actual days of the respective holidays. If you celebrate parts of Easter such as egg hunting and the Easter bunny, you should realized that those also come from pagan rituals, so are y’all going to stop celebrating those elements of Easter as well? Just something to think about.

  3. mommyof2 on October 30th, 2010 12:13 pm

    Wow!!!! i see that once again the adult are trying to ruin a fun filled day for the children. As a mom of 2 small children. Would it be easier on sat yes, but does it matter no. It is all about my kids being able to wear make- up and have fun. I believe in god and go to church. But would i change the date just becuz a bunch of adults want to make it about there beliefs no way….. I think as an adult put YOUR feelings aside and let these children be children. And does it matter if they go both days? REALLY? This maybe be the one time a year that they get anything because its free and their parents can afford to let them walk around and have fun. So QUIT thinking about yourselves and let our children have some fun. Just make it safe for them.

  4. Laura on October 30th, 2010 9:54 am

    I don’t see what the big deal is about kids trick or treating on Sunday. I was raised in a christian home of both church of christ and baptist and no matter what day halloween fell on we went trick or treating. It wasn’t all about the meaning to us as kids iwas about the fun of being able to dress up in something funny, pretty, or scary and who could get the most candy so all you holy rollers need to let kids be kids and let them have fun quit making such a big deal out of it.

  5. Peanut on October 30th, 2010 8:03 am

    Hello I’m new to the area and was wondering what time the businesses in downtown Milton will be hosting their trick or treat? Thanks

  6. Nicole on October 29th, 2010 5:04 pm

    I came on here to figure out what day halloween is being celebrated because I’m taking my childre trick or treating.. I can’t believe that some are saying that we shouldn’t even go because its a bad thing!! Gee wiz people!! Halloween is one of the funnest days for kids!! I don’t know what you think children think of this day but I know that all of the children I know including myself think that its a day to dress up and get lots of candy and that’s it!! If u don’t want to participate stay in your house with all of your lights out and keep all of the ugly comments to yourself!! Come Sunday morning my children and I will be in church and Sunday school just as we are each week and believe me I will be praying for all the ones with ugliness in their hearts against this awesome day that I will forever love called Halloween!!!

  7. Grandmother on October 29th, 2010 4:46 pm

    That’s it!!! I am moving to Alabama! They show the respect of God and Sundays. Way to go Alabama!!!!! Escambia County stinks!!!

  8. Jellybean on October 29th, 2010 11:56 am

    Halloween should be observed on whatever day of the week it falls on. We all know what Halloween stands for but the kids don’t. They just think of it as a day to dress up and get candy. So let them get dressed up and get candy!
    Those that argue that Halloween should be switched to Saturday because Sunday is the Sabbath, well, not all religions observe Sunday. My Sabbath is on Saturday. I don’t make a big deal about it. On the years that Halloween falls on MY sabbath, I just don’t let my kids trick or treat. I observe my belief quietly and in private. I don’t force my beliefs on the rest of the world!
    Do whatever is right for you and your family without stuffing your beliefs down everyone elses throat!

  9. Whitney on October 29th, 2010 9:52 am

    Halloween falls on a Sunday so trick or treating should be done on a Sunday. If it falls on a Wednesday it’s done on a Wednesday even though it’s a school night. It’s called common sense. If it falls on a night where kids have school the next day, you should start trick or treating earlier in the night so kids are still in bed on time. We’re not putting out candy on Saturday. We’ll gladly pass it out on Sunday because that’s Halloween.

  10. tlad on October 29th, 2010 9:11 am

    First Baptist Cantonment is hosting its Trunk or Treat on Saturday night – all are welcome!

  11. Amanda on October 29th, 2010 8:14 am

    Maybe some people should do some research on what Halloween really means, it may change your perspective as to why churches are offereing more alternatives to this holiday. It’s not a good thing, if you know where it originated & what Halloween truly means. Plus, our society has changed to where people are trying to make children more safe by keeping them in a safe environment that they can come to & still get lots of candy!!

  12. Reality on October 29th, 2010 7:42 am

    For the past few decades we have had this controversy…. I am a grandmother, now, and cannot believe what I hear….for all of my life this was a non issue, if October 31 fell on Sunday we always had trick or treat on Saturday. Of course, we recognized that Sunday was the Sabbath, and we remembered to keep it holy. This isn’t political, it isn’t traditional, it isn’t about the kids or what is convenient, it is about what is demanded by the most high God. I am not a religious nut or fanatic, but, I don’t understand why we feel like we can keep the commandments according to whim…..why is it okay to break this one, but not okay to kill, or steal? Oh, wait, I forgot, this is America….killing and stealing is okay, too….gee…..there isn’t one commandment that is not considered debatable anymore……the kids could care less what day they are allowed to trick or treat, it is up to the adults to teach them what is Right and how to live righteously.

  13. ? on October 29th, 2010 12:09 am

    bigbill, that doesn’t even deserve a response….you must’ve never got to trick-or-treating as a kid. calm down, no one’s worshipping the devil. good grief….

  14. bigbill1961 on October 28th, 2010 11:43 pm

    Do a little research people…there is nothing even remotely “happy” about halloween. What in the world are we teaching our children?

    Jesus is the light. Jesus is the ONLY true example of death and resurrection. Now, more than ever, it is time to repent and ask Jesus to come into your life.

  15. A. Davis on October 28th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Wow I hate to say it but I havnt been to church in 30 years. But really I think if people asked the children most would say sat so they wouldnt have school the next day. I am far from being a church type person but really I think that HAlloween on church night thats just wrong and with saying this I feel alot better about myself knowing in my heart that it would just be the right thing to do on SAT. But eather way its just not nice to put down on the church people look how many churches have trunk or treat so that children will be more safe. Thank you to the churches for caring about the children. Im just sorry that more people do not understand why it would be better to do this on SAT.

  16. Non on October 28th, 2010 8:55 pm

    I think its wrong to change traditions. . Me and my child go to church but, we will stick to the traditions that have been around for years nad it’s confusing for children to change things. I think it is absolutley ridiculous that this town wants and does change tradition. I honestly cant wait to move.

  17. Witchy Woman on October 28th, 2010 8:09 pm

    I feel sorry for the kids of all these uptight holy rollers around here. They get dragged to church on one of the funnest nights of the year. It was one of the most fun that I had as a child, walking around in my spooky outfits, getting scared silly by other trick or treaters or some of the wacky adults that liked to jump out with a mask from behind a bush. And all the candy loot! They will never know the harmless fun they missed. And please don’t preach to me about it. I have heard it all before.

  18. Captain on October 28th, 2010 7:58 pm

    The little white church on Bogia Rd.(Ray’s Chapel), is having trunk or treat Sat..

  19. Sharon on October 28th, 2010 5:51 pm

    SATURDAY is best!
    I agree with “it’s for the kids” Saturday makes more sense.
    The kids can stay up late and enjoy the evening, instead of us rushing them
    to bed for school on Monday.
    Hasn’t this county ever celebrated 4th of July on Saturday instead of Sunday when it falls on Sunday?

  20. met on October 28th, 2010 5:05 pm

    What would yall do if halloween was on Tuesday???

  21. jcg on October 28th, 2010 4:07 pm

    I know a lot of parents have to work on Sunday night so Saturday is the only day they can go with their children. I know that work is not the reason some places are going Saturday but it kinda works out better for some people’s schedule. If you don’t want to go on Saturday,don’t go. I’m glad they are doing it Saturday and Sunday.

  22. Amanda on October 28th, 2010 3:57 pm

    Come to Pace Assembly’s Family Night on Sunday Night @ 6pm (Santa Rosa County, but not too far to drive)…No need to Trick or Treat!! Come enjoy a safe, family friendly environment…Free food, games & candy.

  23. Wow! on October 28th, 2010 3:50 pm

    Good for Alabama for not having Trick or Treating on Sunday! Figures Escambia and Santa Rosa County would have it on a Sunday… Pitiful!

  24. anydaynow on October 28th, 2010 3:14 pm

    William – channel 3 is often wrong, and watching that outlet is just,well, it’s just wrong!

  25. Jane Hayes on October 28th, 2010 2:25 pm

    Ok.. The Town of Jay is not trying to change Halloween.
    The Chamber of Commerce and other local groups host this event and they decided it was easier to do “trick or treat in the street” on Saturday evening. It was just easier, there is no great conspiracy here folks.. The Chamber just thought they would have more participation from folks all the way around..

  26. Teelya Mooney Whitehead on October 28th, 2010 1:19 pm

    Everybody has a right to do as they wish and they should. For me and my house, no non-church related activities during church service times on Sunday unless you are working to support your family.

  27. it's me on October 28th, 2010 11:12 am

    To all hav a happy halloween and be safe regardless. It;s for the kids!!! (in all of us)

  28. Unity Baptist Church on October 28th, 2010 10:58 am

    Family Fall Festival is Saturday 5-8, including games, cake walk, hay ride, moonwalk/jumper, candy, prizes and supper, all free. Register for the drawings for door prizes to be given away every 10 or 15 minutes. Highway 31 near the airport.

  29. me on October 28th, 2010 9:52 am

    Thanks for letting us know. Now I won’t waste my gas driving to Jay Saturday and Sunday :)
    I think some of you people need to walk outside and argue with the fence post!!!!!!!!

  30. 2 Cents on October 28th, 2010 9:06 am

    Thanks William!!!

  31. Bank Teller in Atmore on October 28th, 2010 8:53 am

    Halloween is on SUNDAY this year !!!!! Halloween is Halloween is Halloween ….. DUH !!!! Why do people try to be soooooooo DIFFICULT !!!! Get A LIFE !!! They dont change trick or treating if Halloween falls on a weekday !!!!!! I think these people dont have anything better to do than try to make things easier for them at their convienience.

  32. smalltowner on October 28th, 2010 8:39 am

    This has nothing to do with it being a school night…we don’t change Halloween when it falls on a Wednesday!!

  33. smalltowner on October 28th, 2010 8:37 am

    Geez, this happens every time Halloween falls on a Sunday. I belong to one of the biggest churches in Pensacola, and it hasn’t even raised a concern. We are throwing our fall festival and Trunk or Treating as we do every Halloween!! We still get to fellowship and reach people and send positive and loving messages!! Just like during the Super Bowl, we turn our church services into a huge fellowship during the big game!! Tons of people come, we eat, we pray, the preacher says some encouraging words and we watch football.

  34. Debbie on October 28th, 2010 8:27 am

    Common sense you hit the nail on the head. After all it’s all about the kids .. Trick or Treat on Saturday night.

  35. William on October 28th, 2010 8:19 am

    >>>William is it possible for you to post when local churches are doing trunk or treat??

    “A list of Trick or Treat days are below, and on Friday and Saturday, we will publish a comprehensive list of Fall Festivals, Trunk or Treats and other celebrations and events the area.”

  36. 2 Cents on October 28th, 2010 8:16 am

    William is it possible for you to post when local churches are doing trunk or treat??

  37. William on October 28th, 2010 7:41 am

    >> Channel 3 said all Florida cities are celebrating trick or treat on Sunday except Milton

    They are wrong. :-)

  38. Century girl on October 28th, 2010 7:34 am

    Channel 3 said all Florida cities are celebrating trick or treat on Sunday except Milton… However I imagine some kids will be out both nights, if allowed by there parents. In my opinion, Saturday is the day to go… Don’t know why it has to be so confusing?

  39. CurtisC on October 28th, 2010 6:59 am

    No matter the “official” day of beggar-ween, the kids around here will likely be out and about on Saturday and Sunday evenings, depending on what their families have already planned. So if you are going to be indulging Trick or treaters, be sure to turn on your front porch lights and put away your dogs. If you aren’t giving out snacks or are out of the house for yourselves, be sure your lights are out and front door is locked, some folks don’t call it “trick or treat” for nothing. Also, not every little bunch of door to door revelers will be properly escorted or brightly colored so be careful on the roads BOTH nights. Especially, when many of you will be getting out of evening services at or right after dark.

  40. good morning on October 28th, 2010 6:47 am

    the way i look at it is if Century, Milton, Jay, and other places have it on Saturday and Pensacola has it on Sunday I dont think its fair because that just means people from them towns will just go trick or treating both days my son said that his friends at school told him they were goin trick or treating Saturday in Century and then they were coming down to Pensacola to go trick or treating on Sunday so tell me how that is fair

  41. Oversight on October 28th, 2010 5:58 am

    And what is the penalty if one goes trick or treating on the traditional day of the 31st? Century and Jay have no enforcement arm (police departments); they are a toothless tigers. And as for those small towns that do have police, are they going to lock the kids up for violating tradition? What will happen next year when Halloween falls on a Monday, attempt to move it back to Saturday because it’s a school night? It appears that Escambia County, Florida is the only governmental body that has sense to leave it alone (I thought I’d never say that).

  42. Common sense seriously lacking here! on October 28th, 2010 4:44 am

    These are all school-aged children who are trick or treating; why not observe the holiday on Saturday night so that we parents aren’t stuck trying to bathe and put to bed sugar-infused munchkins on a school night.

  43. huh on October 28th, 2010 12:14 am

    Lets encourage it on the official day instead. Separation of church and state

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