Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 31, 2012

Mercer County Commission considers moving Halloween — again

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Halloween on Saturday, Nov. 3?

Costumed kids shouldn’t be scared of losing out on their Halloween candy as officials are working to reschedule trick-or-treat times in light of recent weather.

Mercer County Commission Coordinator Vicky Reed said the commission has scheduled a special called meeting for 9 a.m. Thursday to discuss if trick-or-treating in the county should be rescheduled.

“We are still under a state of emergency declaration, and the commissioners didn’t want any children to go out and get hurt,” Reed said. “They will be discussing whether or not we should proceed with rescheduling. Right now they are looking at Saturday since Saturday’s weather seems to be the best. That is the date they are considering if they do choose to move it.”

Reed said many county residents have contacted the commission about Halloween festivities due to the weather.

“We have had calls all morning,” Reed said. “I think we had about 30 calls before noon. Most of the people I have spoken with said they did not have any trick-or-treaters because of the weather.”

Other communities have already rescheduled their trick-or-treat times. Bluefield will be holding trick-or-treating from  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, the town of Bramwell will have trick-or-treating from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  while the Brushfork and Bluewell communities will host trick-or-treating from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trick-or-treating has been rescheduled for Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Tazewell, Va. and from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Richlands.

The town of Athens chose to keep trick-or-treating tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.