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The city of Toledo and several other area communities have rescheduled its Halloween trick-or-treating to Sunday evening.
-Toledo: Sunday 6-8 p.m.
-Sylvania/Sylvania Township: Sunday 6-7:30 p.m.
-Perrysburg: Sunday 6-8 p.m.
-Ottawa Hills: Sunday 6-8 p.m.
-Oregon: Sunday 6-8 p.m.
-Bowling Green: Sunday 6:30-8 p.m.
-Findlay: Monday 6:30-8 p.m.
The decision was made at the Lucas County Emergency Headquarters. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell said dangerous strong winds determined the postponement.
"It's not the rain as much. It's the sustained gusts that could be anywhere from 40 to 50 mph. I understand that we don't want any kid being blown into the street. We don't want any branches falling on kids," said Bell.
Among those at the meeting were the Ottawa Hills village manager and the Sylvania Township administrator.
"In our community, lots of large trees, and the combination of large trees and wind is kind of frightening sometimes. Our decision was based on safety concerns," explained Mark Thompson, representing Ottawa Hills.
"We feel we have enough time to notify the community. We'll be notifying schools, notifying students," said John Zeitler with Sylvania Township.
Bell felt it was important to discuss the situation with leaders of surrounding communities.
"We sat down as a united front here, multiple municipalities, to talk about this issue to make sure we weighed every concern," said Bell.
The mayor's office took dozens of calls from parents concerned about weather conditions for their trick-or-treaters.
"The weather shifts around here on a pretty regular basis in October, and throughout the year. So when you get six hours out, you know exactly what you're dealing with," responded Bell.
Many residents in Wood County say now they have more time to prepare scary costumes. The only downside is telling their children they have to wait to wear them.
"It's been difficult, and I think the kids are pretty resilient. They're flexible. If they change the date, it's just something else to look forward to," said Connie Carpenter, who wishes her family could celebrate Halloween on the holiday.