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Livingston Parish deals with Halloween hassle

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 6:28 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Oct 25, 2010 6:28 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Halloween, Livingston Parish, ACLU, trick-or-treat, kids

Kids in Livingston Parish could rack up on candy this Halloween, after confusion on when the parish will celebrate the holiday.

In 2004, the parish council voted to celebrate Halloween on the following Monday if it fell on a Sunday. Council members didn't want to interfere with high school football on Friday, LSU football on Saturday or church on Sunday.

This year, the parish is getting flack from the American Civil Liberties Union for the ordinance, which moves trick-or-treat hours to Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m.

The ACLU sent the parish a letter that said Halloween is a religious event and cannot be altered anymore than Christmas. It also said people shouldn't fear jail time or fines for celebrating an official holiday on its designated date.

Deputy Jason Ard with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said no one will face jail time or fines for celebrating on another day because the ordinance doesn't carry a penalty with it. He said anyone can celebrate the holiday any day they choose.

Ard said deputies will patrol Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. LPSO will have the most officers on the streets on Saturday because many neighborhoods have already planned festivities for that day.

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