Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 31, 2012

‘Frankenstorm’ a nightmare for local Halloween festivities

KATE COIL
CNHI

BLUEFIELD — Halloween festivities across the two Virginias have been either postponed or canceled as the monstrous “Frankenstorm” continues to stalk the region.

The city of Bluefield rescheduled trick-or-treating for Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., citing adverse weather. City Manager Jim Ferguson is asking citizens to be careful as the weather continues.

Though town officials in Athens said trick-or-treating would go ahead as scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, other Mercer County communities chose to reschedule their events.  

Bramwell Mayor Louise Stoker said the town has moved trick-or-treating to Friday for public safety.

“We have determined it would be wise for us to postpone trick-or-treating until Friday from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,” Stoker said. “We just want to make sure the kids are safe. This is supposed to be a fun holiday for them.”

Skip Crane, vice-president of the Bluewell Improvement Association, said trick-or-treating in Bluewell and Brushfork would not be held if school is canceled today. No rescheduled date for trick-or-treating has been determined in the Bluewell and Brushfork area.

Communities in Tazewell County also have rescheduled trick-or-treating events. Tazewell, Va. Town Manager Todd Day said the town has rescheduled Halloween festivities Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Right now, we have approximately 6 inches of snow on the ground, and most of the kids are not going to be walking in the road but on the grass between houses,” Day said. “It is just hazardous. We will have freezing and ice patches on the road tonight. We don’t want to invite people out on the roads if there is ice. Since it is supposed to get prettier as the week goes on, we thought we would reschedule for Saturday.”

The town of Richlands has also rescheduled their trick-or-treating events for Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to Town Manager Tim Taylor.

Other Halloween events were canceled due to snowy conditions. Crosspointe Community Fellowship of Bluefield, Va. canceled their trunk-or-treat event scheduled for today at the Brushfork Armory, according to Pastor Roger Cook.

“Due to this massive weather system, we are deciding to cancel the Crosspointe High Octane Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31 at the Brushfork Armory,” Cook said. “It will be rescheduled for next year. We want to ensure the safety of the families and children of our area and do not want to entice anyone to be on the roads.”

A trunk-or-treat event scheduled for Wednesday in Welch was also canceled due to the weather, according to Welch Mayor Reba Honaker.

Trick-or-treat events scheduled for Tuesday night were left up to parental discretion due to the snow in Princeton and the larger Mercer County area. Princeton Mayor Pat Wilson said the city advised residents not to trick-or-treat.

“We have talked and there is no way of getting the word out to everyone this late,” Wilson said. “We are asking parents to use their discretion. It is my advice not to go.”

Wilson said there are presently no plans to reschedule trick-or-treating for Princeton residents.

“At this point, we have not discussed moving or postponing trick-or-treating,” she said. “We had to vote to set the time for trick-or-treating. We would have to have a special call meeting to postpone it, which we have not planned at this time.”

The Mercer County Commission also asked residents to refrain from trick-or-treating Tuesday night and again tonight, according to Mercer County Commissioner Jay Mills.

“We are strongly suggesting, as this is a natural disaster situation, that no one go trick-or-treating Tuesday and Wednesday,” Mills said. “It is a danger to children and motorists. No one needs to be out in this weather. The safety of the public is worth more than a piece of candy.”

Mills said there are no future plans to reschedule Halloween activities.

— Contact Kate Coil at kcoil@bdtonline.com