Every year we get tons of calls asking about the date of Halloween, and they always leave us scratching our heads.
Halloween is Oct. 31, on the eve of All Saints Day. The name is a contraction of "All Hallows Eve[ning]." It's not a government holiday, and the government doesn't set it; neither does the newspaper. Every once in a while, when it falls on a Sunday, a local government or law enforcement agency will suggest that perhaps trick-or-treating take place on Saturday instead. That's what happened last year in Bell Buckle and Wartrace.
But Shelbyville government and law enforcement have traditionally been very reluctant to get involved, since Halloween is not a government holiday. I can't recall the last time that Shelbyville suggested trick-or-treating on an alternate date. And this year, the 31st falls on a Monday. Generally, if you haven't heard anything, it's because there's nothing to hear; Halloween is on Oct. 31.