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SWEET . . . Date finally set for tricks and treats

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By Mallory Bilger

The tricky details of Taylorsville’s Halloween on Main Street have finally been decided.

The event’s date—which has been under question for the past several weeks—has been determined by the Taylorsville City Commission as Oct. 30. Generally the yearly kid-friendly gathering is held Oct. 31 but the event’s sponsors were forced to rethink the date after concerns were raised about Halloween falling on a Sunday this year.

Mayor Don Pay said some of the issues were religious in nature, noting that holding the event Oct. 31 might interfere with local evening church services. Other concerns included that Sunday is a school night.

“It really didn’t matter to me,” Pay said of the date. “I think our focus was a public safety issue more than anything else.”

Taylorsville Police Chief Toby Lewis said he initially planned for Halloween on Main to be on Sunday evening to eliminate confusion and to allow trick-or-treaters safe, controlled area in which to gather candy.

He noted that going door-to-door poses safety threats, but said the department would accommodate whatever decision the city made.

Some Fiscal Court members went as far as refusing to participate if the event was held on Sunday.

“I’m glad the city changed that date,” said Judge Executive David Jenkins in Monday’s Fiscal Court meeting.

Pay said he felt the city was forced to decide the date of Halloween on Main Street.

“I feel like this Halloween issue has been thrust upon the city to make but we made it,” he said.

The event will be covered under the county’s insurance but Lewis, Fire Chief Nathan Nation and Sheriff Steve Coulter came together to split the cost of the $25 encroachment permit collected by the state because of the necessary road closing.

“This is a community event hosted by the three of us (Lewis, Nation and Coulter) supported by the city and county leaders to provide a safe Halloween for the children in the city and county,” Lewis said in an e-mail.

In a special-called meeting last Tuesday, the Commission directed City

Attorney John Dale, Jr. to create an ordinance stating that any time Oct. 31 fell on a Sunday, Halloween on Main Street would be held the Saturday before. Pay said the Commission took that initiative to eliminate future confusion.

Lewis said local businesses, community organizations and churches are invited to participate in handing out treats. He said that while some political figures have shown interest in participating, he encouraged that they not put political materials in children’s trick-or-treat bags.

“We have heard of political parties and candidates wanting to participate in this event,” Lewis said via e-mail. “If those parties want to hand material to parents that is one thing. I hope not to see it being placed into children’s bags. This is an event for the children of our community and I hope everyone respects that.”

Lewis said police will have extra patrols out both Saturday and Sunday evenings, noting that whether children are participating in Halloween on Main Street or in trick-or-treating door-to-door Sunday night, they should be accompanied by an adult and should travel in pairs for safety.

What you need to know about Halloween on Main Street:

• The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.

• Treat giveaway stations will be set up on both sides of Main Street between Jefferson and Point Streets. The road will be closed starting at 4:30 p.m. to accommodate setup so motorists will need to find a detour if traveling through downtown Taylorsville between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

• Businesses on Main Street have priority over the space in front of their offices. Organizations or people wanting to participate are encouraged to contact the business near where they wish to set up. Any locations left unclaimed the night of the event are available on a first-come first-serve basis. There is no charge to set up a treat station.

• Children throughout the county are invited to attend and should be accompanied by an adult.

• Children are encouraged to use flashlights and wear reflective shoes or clothing to help motorists identify pedestrians.

• For additional information, call Police Chief Toby Lewis at 502-477-3231.