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Cities to Parents: Use Your Best Judgment for Beggar's Night
MIAMISBURG -- Despite Jeff Booth's forecast of inclement weather tonight, several cities have chosen to continue with Beggar's Night.
The calls and social media posts were coming in all day. At our last count, there were 28 cities and townships here in the Miami Valley who did not change their Beggars night.
"Who's going to take their kids out in this weather? They will get sick," said Ashley Youngkrantz of Springboro.
"Jeff Booth in fact all the meteorologist in the area and the National Weather Service are saying we are expecting some heavy winds some storms some thunder and these kids wait all year long to go out and dress up," said former Dayton radio host Mike Scinto. "This is a huge event for them. To take a chance on having the kids go out on a night like this is absolutely ridiculous."
ABC 22 & FOX 45 went to find out why those cities made that choice. You'll notice most of Montgomery County has stayed put with Halloween night. We learned the mayors and managers of all cities within the county get together for Greater Dayton Mayors and Managers Association and set dates far in advance for Beggar's Night to lend some consistency throughout the region.
"City Council takes formal legislative action based on the recommendation by the Mayors and Managers Association to set the date in this community," said Gary Giles Miamisburg public information officer.
Miamisburg City Council put it into legislative action at their last meeting more than a week ago. Far before they could take seriously the predicted forecast for Halloween night. Giles says they will only make a change in an emergency situation.
"It's a voluntary activity, it's an outdoor rain-or-shine activity, the weather is often dicey when you get to late October or early November. Parents just have to use their discretion on whether or not they go outside and brave the elements," Giles said. "Last year was a perfect example the weather forecast for Halloween last year was worse than the forecast this year. The cities in the area did not change, generally speaking, a few did. The date that was picked to have the trick or treat the weather was worse than it was on Halloween."
Still, it didn't stop several people from complaining today.
"I spent $45 just on my son so imagine what all the other parents out there are spending on Halloween costumes to not even get used because of the weather," said Ashley Youngkrantz of Springboro.
There's no perfect day to reschedule. Many cities have football games Friday night. Saturday nights are tough because of all the traffic, and the night city leaders say they sometimes get the most complaints is Sunday night, since it is for many, a day specifically set aside for worship. The mayors and managers told us they feel like they are in a lose-lose situation and will get angry parents no matter what night they choose.
Also for future reference, the mayor's association has set Beggar's Night to be on Halloween night for the foreseeable future.
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