By David Carroll

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)- District 7 Council member Jack Benson says since the city won't issue an opinion on this weekend's Halloween activities, he will.

Benson told Eyewitness News that he is encouraging residents in his district to "trick or treat" on Saturday night, October 30, instead of the following day, on which Halloween is traditionally observed.

Benson said, "I can't issue any orders, but the city really should take a stand on this.  The people expect it.  And in my opinion, it's better for the children to be out on Saturday night instead of Sunday night.  It's not a religion thing to me.  It's just that children have to get up so early on Monday morning to go to school.  Saturday night simply makes more sense."

Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey said, "I'm not getting involved in this," when asked his opinion earlier this week.  Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said he thought the City Council would make a recommendation on Tuesday night, but Benson said, "We never got around to it." Littlefield told Eyewitness News on Wednesday, "Many on the council simply don't wish to get involved in the issue due to a general feeling that people are pretty much going to do what they wish anyway."

District 7, represented by Benson, includes the East Brainerd area.