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A trick of the calendar: Should Halloween be celebrated on Saturday or Sunday?

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

As Four State residents gear up for Halloween a controversy over when to celebrate is stirring up in Louisiana.

New Orleans Saints fans are asking for the government to push its citywide celebrations back one day because the team is playing on Sunday - Halloween night.

So what about observing the holiday on Sunday here in the Four States?

"For one day it's a fun day, even if it's on a Sunday," says Judi Huelat, a Carthage, Missouri resident.

Huelat and her four kids look forward to Halloween.

"We'll do church in the morning and then in the evening we'll do the normal run around the house, put costumes on around 4 or 4:30, and by 5:30, we'll be off trick or treating," Huelat says.

Celebrating on the actual day seems pretty standard for some, but not for fans of the defending Super Bowl champions.

"I can understand obviously for Christian families that really want to celebrate it on a different day (but) it's silly for football players to want to do that or football teams, but I can understand it more for the Christian families," Huelat says.

While the Huelat family plans to celebrate Halloween on Sunday, the city of Carthage has other plans.  They will be allowing children to trick or treat on the Carthage square on Wednesday.

City officials say they are taking no action for Halloween, leaving it up to residents on when to celebrate.

Carthage Police Captain Randee Kaiser says the city is not able to change Halloween plans, even if it falls on a Sunday.

"That's when probably the majority of the kids will want to go out and celebrate and trick or treat, and so there's not much that we're going to do to try to change that," says Captain Kaiser.

City officials in Seneca, Missouri and Miami, Oklahoma tell us they are encouraging residents to observe Halloween on Saturday rather than Sunday.

However, Pittsburg, Kansas and Carl Junction, Missouri officials say they will advise residents to stick with Sunday for trick-or-treating.

Joplin officials say, like Carthage, they are taking no action.

Unfortunately for Saints fans, neither are city officials in New Orleans.

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