Over 4,000 Trick-or-Treaters At County Event
Madison Doyle, story and photos:
Several that were handing out candy at the 2018 Halloween on the Square event were scrambling to local retailers to buy more as they began running out quickly to the thousands of trick-or-treaters that flocked to the annual county event, sponsored by Edmonson County Parks and Rec.
Program Administrator John Kiernan said based on the number of prepared treats and gifts that were handed out, more than 4,000 kids took part in the event, which was up from last year's attendance by about 65%.
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"We were amazed at the community response from this year's event," said Kiernan. "We were worried that the sudden change in schedule could be a problem but it didn't seem to be an issue. We appreciate all the businesses, organizations, and groups that set up booths and tables. There would be no event without them."
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon announced that the county would observe Halloween on October 30th due to the weather forecast for October 31st, which as of now is a 90% chance of rain during trick-or-treat hours. The city of Brownsville announced that they would still be observing Halloween on Wednesday, the 31st. That potentially means that city residents could be faced with two nights of handing out candy; however, it is unlikely trick-or-treaters will be out in the event of heavy rain.
While the annual event is held inside the city limits, it is still a county-sponsored event, which caused some confusion in the community; however, the overwhelming number of those that attended was proof that the schedule change had only a positive effect.