Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 1, 2012

Trick-or-Treating times continue to haunt Mercer County Commission

KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Halloween is continuing to haunt the Mercer County Commission.

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

“We are still under a state of emergency declaration, and the county 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.”

Meanwhile, other communities across the region have also had to reschedule trick-or-treat times.

Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson said he wanted to remind residents trick-or-treating was moved to tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. across the city.

“Due to the severe storm conditions citizens should exercise caution when leaving their homes,” Ferguson said. “The city of Bluefield suggests everyone be careful and consider doing Halloween on Thursday with the current weather conditions. Participating households should turn on their porch light during trick-or-treat hours, and we ask trick-or-treaters to only visit these homes or those decorated for Halloween.”

Skip Crane, vice-president of the Bluewell Improvement Association, said the communities of Bluewell and Brushfork also chose to reschedule their trick-or-treating events after Mercer County schools were closed due to weather Wednesday.

“We have decided to trick or treat on Friday 6 p.m. 8 p.m.,” Crane said. “In the interest of safety, we figured it would be to bad to do it Thursday. Since Bramwell is closest to us, we thought we would keep the same time as they did.”

The First United Methodist Church in Princeton has moved their trunk-or-treat event to Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Princeton Mayor Patricia “Pat” Wilson said there is presently no town council meeting planned to reschedule trick-or-treating in the city.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com