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Number Of Communities, Counties Moving Trick Or Treat To Thursday
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Videographer: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 29, 2012 9:19 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 30, 2012 12:10 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
The weather played the trick at Halloween as snow and icy conditions have forced many counties and communities to move their trick or treat hours.
Kanawha, Cabell and Putnam counties, including the cities of Charleston and Huntington, are among the many areas that have moved their trick or treat from Tuesday to Thursday. Officials said they considered the safety of children as the most important factor in making their decision to switch days. Some events and activities in other areas have been moved to different days.
In a news release issued by the Kanawha County Commission Tuesday, officials advised residents to continue to check weather and power outages because trick or treat may need to be moved once again.
Eyewitness News has a list of trick or treat hours and other Halloween activities on our website at wchstv.com. Just click on “Trick or Treat Times In Your Neighborhood” on the home page or the news page sections to see the list. We are updating the website as quickly as possible. If you still see scheduled activities listed for Tuesday or Wednesday, we advise checking with your local community to see if an event has been moved.
Between the rain, wind, and cold temperatures, the candy can wait.
In the wake of what was once Hurricane Sandy, many counties across West Virginia decided to reschedule trick or treat, anticipating the effects the storm will have on the mountain state.
Governor Tomblin declared a State of Emergency for West Virginia.
Charleston mayor, Danny Jones says that's when he and other Kanawha County officials knew something had to change.
"It just hardly makes sense to go through with it tomorrow afternoon with the weather forecast the way it is," said Jones.
Had trick or treat continued as planned, kids and their parents would have battled temperatures in the 30's, windy conditions, and heavy rain with a chance of snow mixed in. A scenario parents are happy to miss out on.
And much like the parents, the Kanawha County officials believe the right call was made.
"We thought it would be prudent for us to move, it was unanimous, we did it. And i think it's going to prove to be the right decision," said Jones.
For Kanawha County, trick or treat has moved to Thursday 6pm to 8pm. This is a countywide move, so that means all municipalities such as Dunbar, South Charleston, St. Albans and Marmet are included.
Putnam county, including the cities of Hurricane, Poca, and Buffalo, also moved trick or treat to Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In Cabell County, trick or treat countywide, including municipalities, has been moved to 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Jackson County moved its trick or treat to Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
And in Lincoln County, trick or treat has been moved to 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Many communities and counties, including Kanawha, Putnam and Cabell counties and the city of Charleston, have decided to postpone trick or treat Tuesday and move it to Thursday because of adverse weather conditions.
"Because of the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on weather in the region, officials from Kanawha County and municipalities throughout the county have agreed to postpone trick or treat," the city and county said in a news release.
The new hours for trick or treat are 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Charleston and Kanawha County. Kanawha County Manager Jennifer Sayre said this also applies to public trick or treat hours in all municipalities in the county, so trick or treat will be observed from 6-8 p.m. Thursday countywide, including the municipalities of Dunbar, South Charleston, St. Albans and Marmet.
The decision to postpone in Kanawha County came as a result of a conference call with local leaders Monday afternoon and in consultation with emergency services personnel, city and county officials said.
Meanwhile, Putnam County also took similar action. “We are just anticipating sustained bad weather with high winds and power outages,” Putnam County Manager Brian Donat said. “We just wanted to err on the side of caution and get the word out as soon as possible, so parents can plan their week.”
Putnam County commissioners decided to move trick or treat and observe it from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Donat said. Trick or treat originally was scheduled for Tuesday in Putnam County. The cities of Hurricane, Poca and Buffalo also are moving their trick or treat to the same hours and day.
In Cabell County, trick or treat countywide including municipalities has been moved to 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Jackson County officials made the decision to move their trick or treat from Tuesday to Thursday evening. The trick or treat was originally set for Tuesday, but will be held Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
In Lincoln County, trick or treat has been moved from Tuesday to 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Nitro officials have moved the city's annual Halloween Hoe Down to 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Nitro City Park. The Hoe Down will have inflatables for the kids, pre-filled bags of candy for kids under 18, a DJ dance contest and hay rides.
The town of Wayne will have their Trick or Treat Saturday, November 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. A street dance will follow from 8pm to 10pm.
Eyewitness News advises to check with your local community for any changes and monitor the weather for conditions.
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