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October 31, 2013

Trick-or-treating delayed until Friday

Inclement weather responsible for Halloween changes; Burnside to keep Oct. 31 hours

Somerset —

Halloween isn’t moving — it’s a fixed point on October 31 each year — but this year, most of Pulaski County will be trick-or-treating in November.
Trick-or-treating hours for both the county and City of Somerset will be held on Friday, November 1, instead of today as previously scheduled, due to the inclement weather conditions expected to sweep into the area today.
As usual, county hours will be from 6-9 p.m., and city hours from 6-8 p.m. — just a day later than expected.
At a time when the city and county governments haven’t been able to get along on the political front, it appears they found common ground when it comes to trick-or-treating, at least.
“The city and county decided this together,” said Tiffany Bourne, Community Development Director for Pulaski County Government. “The city called up to see if we wanted to change ... so we decided to (move it to Friday in the county).”
For Somerset, the threatening weather stood to play havoc with the city’s Halloween Blast event, scheduled to be held at SomerSplash Waterpark. 
Lasting from 6-8 p.m., the event will offer youngsters glowsticks, candy, pizza, inflatables, and yes, even fireworks, free of charge. Some local vendors and city departments will be on hand, as well as Mayor Girdler and some of the city councilors, handing out candy. Fireworks will start at approximately 8 to 8:15 p.m.
“It will be a nice little display,” said Stephen Sims, “maybe about 15 to 20 minutes.”
Somerset officials decided to move Halloween Blast from Thursday to Friday, and city trick-or-treating hours along with it.
“Officially, the City of Somerset activities were changed due to the high probability of rain and the possibility of severe thunderstorms,” said Capt. Shannon Smith of the Somerset Police Department. “Moving it to Friday would increase the safety of kids and the activities that the city has planned.

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