Halloween is headed our way Wednesday this year and given where it falls on the calendar, I'm wondering if my home state does Trick-or-Treating better.

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Having lived in the Land of 10,000 Lakes now for nearly 7-years, I'm pretty well up on most things Minnesotan. And while I'm proud to live here, I've always wondered about the differences between Trick or Treating they way they do it back home in Wisconsin and how we do it here in Minnesota.

Now, it's really not all THAT different, mind you. You still head out in costume with your little ones and hit up houses in your neighborhood that have their front porch lights on. But, back in Wisconsin, there's one important difference.

And that's the establishment of 'official' Trick or Treat hours. That's right, instead of having your porch light on from dusk until 9 or 10 (or, really, whenever you want to turn it out), back in Wisconsin, each city and town has their own official Trick or Treat hours when you can expect the kiddos to ring your doorbell.

For instance, this Daily Herald story from the local paper in my hometown of Wausau lists the official Trick or Treat hours for most cities and towns in central Wisconsin. Most appear to run from 4 to 7 p.m. on October 31st, but there are a few different options-- like Merrill's 5 to 7 p.m. or Kronenwetter's 4 to 7:30 p.m. hours.

It doesn't really change much, except that it limits the time you're on the hook to answer the door. And, the real reason, I'd guess, is that makes things safer for the little ghosts and goblins as they travel throughout the neighborhood-- because you know when you're most likely to encounter them.

Does it mean you won't encounter a Trick-or-Treater before or after the 'official' hours? No, but it does allow you to turn your porch light off-- and not feel guilty (or get your windows egged or your trees TP'ed!)

So, what do you think-- would having an 'official' Rochester Trick or Treat time make things safer? Or isn't there much of a difference at all?

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