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Little goblins, super heroes and princesses will have to wait an extra day to collect their goodies.

Most communities have moved trick-or-treat hours to Friday because of nasty weather.

The change in trick-or-treat hours has led to a later start time for Friday night’s Class 5A sectional football game at Whiteland against county rival Franklin. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. School officials plan to pass out candy to kids in attendance.

In New Whiteland, kids can go door-to-door tonight or Friday night.

Trick or treating — inside — at Greenwood Park Mall will still be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

High winds and a 100 percent chance of rain prompted city leaders and Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox to postpone trick or treating by a day.

Franklin decided to move trick-or-treat hours to Friday, partly at the urging of residents, said Angie Longtin, the city’s director of communications. The city received dozens of calls and e-mails from parents worried about the rain and wind forecast for tonight.

“We had a lot of citizens concerned. They didn’t want their kids out in that,” she said.

Winds are expected to gust to 15 to 20 mph tonight, with higher gusts possible, National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Dahmer said.

Rain is expected, and a severe thunderstorm could roll in tonight, he said.

“Winds will definitely be a main threat that could occur,” Dahmer said.

County officials moved trick or treating as a safety precaution for parents and kids, Cox said.

Trick-or-Treat Times

Bargersville: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Edinburgh: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday

Franklin: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Hickory Creek at Franklin nursing home: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 580 Lemley St.

Greenwood: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday

Greenwood Park Mall: 6 to 8 p.m. today

Johnson County, including the Center Grove area: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

New Whiteland: 6 to 9 p.m. today or Friday

Prince’s Lakes: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Trafalgar: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

Whiteland: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday

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But changing the day when thousands of kids walk the streets and knock on doors asking for candy can present a few problems.

More traffic moves through the Center Grove area on Friday nights, and trick or treating will now overlap with Friday night football. Center Grove travels to Jeffersonville for the sectional championship on Friday night.

People may see fewer officers on the road, since Cox can more easily schedule reserve deputies to work on a Thursday night than a Friday night, he said.

But the high winds could be dangerous, with the possibility of downed tree limbs and blowing debris that would have made trick or treating tonight hazardous, Cox said.

“It’s all about the safety of the children,” he said. “The safety is what swayed us.”

New Whiteland still plans for trick or treating tonight, but families are being given the choice of whether they would like to brave the weather tonight or wait until Friday, said Melissa McCarty, utility clerk for the town.

New Whiteland residents who want to wait until Friday to give out candy can do so, and trick-or-treaters are welcome to go on Friday to people giving out treats, McCarty said.

Friday is expected to be cloudy but dry, Dahmer said.

Edinburgh’s trick-or-treat hours also have been moved to Friday, but the town’s Halloween festivities are still on for tonight — they’ll just be indoors. A kids costume contest and trick-or-treat village will be in the town’s sports complex at 722 S. Eisenhower Drive.

“When we looked at the extended forecast, the weather looked like it was coming in right when trick-or-treating would start,” said John Drybread, director of utilities for the town of Edinburgh.

The planned activities that will be moved indoors will still give kids a chance to celebrate the holiday on Halloween night, and then they can collect candy the next day, he said.

“Overall even with the nasty weather, they can still have fun and hopefully there will be good weather for the children on Halloween,” he said.

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