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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 —

“With better weather, you have better visibility,” he added. “It increases safety for the kids going door-to-door to trick-or-treat.”
According to the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky., thunderstorms are expected to roll into the area, with wind gusts around 25 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is at 100 percent, and the potential for severity is there. It will definitely be a dark and stormy night — and windy and wet as well.
Friday night, however, is forecasted as being mostly clear with mild winds, making it a much more opportune to get out and hunt for some candy.
Another downtown event, the Clear Channel-Somerset Junior Woman’s Club Halloween Safe House is also moving to Friday. It’s being held on the judicial center plaza in downtown Somerset from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
“There will be free pizza and drinks to the first people there at 5 p.m., and candy and treats for the kids,” said Melanie King, SJWC president. “Bring a can of food to treat God’s Pantry. You can also donate new or gently-used bras for Bethany House.”
The costume contest is for children of trick-or-treating ages only and will include categories for “Scariest,” “Funniest,” “Movie-Related,” “Cutest,” “Most Original” and “Best All-Around” prizes.
“We’re moving (the date) because we want to serve the kinds downtown that don’t have (parents with) vehicles,” said King. “If it’s going to be rainy, if people don’t have vehicles, their kids won’t get out. We want the kids to have a fun night.”
Most cities in the county have followed suit. Eubank, Ferguson, and Science Hill will all be moving their official trick-or-treating hours to 6-8 p.m. Friday.
Only Burnside is staying put. The town’s saying, “Everything’s better in Burnside,” might be true tonight, when October 31 will be better in Burnside. The “only town on Lake Cumberland” is moving ahead with its event “The Haunting of Burnside” at the Burnside Fire Department Station on East French Street, from 6-8 p.m. Trick-or-treating hours are also remaining tonight from 6-8 p.m., rather than moving to Friday.

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