An eighth grader at James Madison Middle School has persuaded the Appleton city council to extend the hours for trick-or-treating. Kevin Hash took a poll, did research, and presented his argument at last night's council meeting. "By the time parents get off work, pick up kids at daycare, get them in their costumes . . . it is nearly 7:00," Hash told the council. "This might cause some kids to go out before their parents get home, which is dangerous." He said extending the time to 8:00 would give parents more flexibility.
Alderman Ed Baranowski said that Hash's effort deserved a reward. "I hope that this council affords this young man the dream that he's looking at," said Baranowski. The rest of the council apparently was also impressed with Hash's presentation. Members agreed to hold trick-or-treating between 4:00 and 8:00 PM, an extension of one hour. The council vote to extend the hours was 11-to-5.