FAIRMONT – Halloween trick or treating will be spread over two days in different parts of Marion County while the region remains under threat of a severe storm today.
However, two municipalities – Fairview and Grant Town – are staying the course and not changing the date and time.
The Fairview Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a family fun night from 5:30-8 p.m.
“The Fire Department will allow the community to come have fun and play games during this time due to the projected weather forecast,” states a flyer posted on social media from the fire department. “The games will be hosted by the Town of Fairview.”
Residents are encouraged to “bring their treat dishes and share with the children during the evening. The back hall will also be open for an indoor are for Trick or Treating.”
Grant Town officials posted its official statement on Trick or Treating on social media as well. It is not re-scheduling to a different date and time.
“Parents please use your own discretion,” states the post from Grant Town. The town is going ahead with its costume parade at 6 p.m. at Main Street Park.
The Town of Barrackville joins the Fairmont, Mannington and Pleasant Valley by moving its official Trick or Treat time and day to Saturday as well.
However, Barrackville’s time will be from 6-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, whereas, Fairmont, Mannington, Monongah and Rivesville will hold Trick or Treating on Nov. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. The City of Pleasant Valley has moved Trick or Treating to Saturday as well, but from 6-8 p.m.
“Due to inclement weather forecasted for Thursday, the City of Fairmont is moving Trick or Treat in the city limits of Fairmont to Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 6-7:30 p.m.,” stated a prepared statement from Hanna Turner, marketing and communications manager for the city.
Farmington moved Trick or Treating to Nov. 1 from 6:30-8 p.m., but the fun begins at 6 p.m. with the costume parade downtown. White Hall officials have moved Trick or Treat to Friday as well, but the time is from 6-7 p.m.
Weather forecasts are calling for a storm that is expected to bring more than an inch of rain and strong wind gusts to the state today.
A general swath of 1- to 3-inch-rainfall with pockets of 3-5 inches can occur from southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi to the northern parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine will follow, according to AccuWeather.
“The anticipated rainfall, when combined with recent storms, is likely to practically eliminate drought from the lower Mississippi Valley to northern New England.
However, since much of this rain will fall during a 6- to 12-hour period, there is also the likelihood of street flooding and the potential for small stream flooding. Where leaves have already fallen or will come down with the increasing winds from this storm, not only will street flooding be significant, but roads and sidewalks can be especially slick,” according to an AccuWeather press release.
“Kids heading out Thursday evening for the Halloween masquerade could be soaked to the bone from near the Alabama and Georgia border to eastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, much of upstate New York and northern New England,” the press release stated.
This report contains information from The Associated Press.