Families and business owners gave mixed reactions to the date change in Brookside's "Boo Ha Ha" event this year. The trick-or-treating event and parade is usually on a Saturday. This year, organizers moved it to a Sunday.
Several families felt fewer businesses participated as a result of the change.
"It's been very different. Less businesses are open, we're getting less candy, longer lines, more frustration for children and parents," said one parent.
Boo Ha Ha has not been on a Sunday in 23 years. The Brookside Business Association surveyed Brookside businesses and decided to make the switch. The president of the organization, Jim Moss, said some businesses felt having the event, and blocking the street, on a Saturday was tough on business. He said making the switch enables more businesses to participate.
"I know a lot of businesses are closed on Sundays here, but they were still coming down to pass out candy for the families and kids, but they were really excited about that," he said.
Moss said the turnout felt like it would on a Saturday, about 15,000 people. He also said having Boo Ha Ha on Sunday kept it from competing from the largest ever Tulsa Run.
Some business owners told Channel 8 they were pleased with the turnout but were nervous the switch was made so recently.