Russellville mayor Mark Stratton may not have saved Halloween this week, but he did save trick or treating for the children of Logan County.
On Tuesday night, Stratton made a decision to change the date for trick or treating from Thursday, Oct. 31 to Friday, Nov. 1 because of the threat of extreme weather in the area.
Weather forecasts had been calling for rain on Halloween for several days prior to Tuesday, but Stratton wasn’t convinced that trick or treating times should be moved.
“On Tuesday people called my office all day long asking us to change it and I said ‘no’ all day long,” Stratton said. “When I grew up, you went trick or treating on Halloween - even if it was in the rain.”
But when Stratton watched the evening news and saw that forecasts were no longer just calling for rain - but potentially dangerous weather - he changed his mind.
“When I saw that the risk for severe weather was between 3 and 7, I told my wife Connie that we have to move it,” Stratton said. “When we’re talking about the safety of the kids and their parents - any risk is a high risk.”
Stratton checked with the members of the Russellville city council and when it was okay with all of them, he made the announcement that trick or treating would take place on Friday from 4:30-7 p.m.
“We can’t change when Halloween is, but we can change when we set the trick or treating hours and that’s what we’ve done,” Stratton said.
On Wednesday morning, the other incorporated cities in Logan County followed suit.
So now all the children in Logan County will get to have their Halloween fun free of bad weather - just one day later than usual.
“Friday night is supposed to be beautiful,” Stratton said. “So everyone can go out and do their trick or treating and then head over to the Russellville football game if they want to.”
The change in trick or treating also caused a few other plans to change - including the Russellville High School football game.
The final game of the regular season was scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. in Rhea Stadium, but Russellville Independent school superintendent Leon Smith announced Wednesday that kickoff has been postponed until 7:30 to allow children to finish up their trick or treating before the game.
Also, two church sponsored events have also changed their dates.
The Fun Fest, which was scheduled for Thursday on the Russellville square and hosted by Crossroads Church will now be Friday. The Fall Festival at Post Oak Baptist Church will also be on Friday instead of Thursday night.
Crossroads Church will once again be having its annual Fun Fest on the Russellville square from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This free event promises to be fun for the whole family. There will be an inflatable bouncy house for kids and plenty of games, candy, prizes and hot dogs. Children are encouraged to wear their favorite costumes to the event. And for more information, call the church at 726-1400.
Chris Cowen, the senior pastor at Crossroads said that last year the Fun Fest had about 3,000 in attendance.
“We just want to let the kids have a great time enjoying the evening in a safe environment,” Cowen said. “We love that we can have it in downtown Russellville because there is lots of good lighting. Parents can hang out and talk and enjoy conversation while the kids are in the bounce houses and playing the games. It’s really a nice event for everyone.”
Also, Post Oak Baptist Church will be hosting a fall festival on Halloween from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The theme this year will be “The Great Tomb Raid.” There will be games and treats and a photo booth. For more information about this event call 726-2157.