Archive for Thursday, October 24, 2002

Football game traffic puts Halloween on hold

October 24, 2002

Hoping to prevent a nightmare on Elm Street, the Eudora City Council at the urging of parents changed the way Halloween will be celebrated in the city this year.

Because the Eudora High School varsity football team will play Mill Valley Oct. 31, the official day for trick-or-treating in Eudora will be Nov. 1.

"I think we have the potential to have a lot of people at the football game," said Mayor Ron Conner.

Trick-or-treating after dark on Elm, Locust, 14th and 15th streets and other roads near Laws Field could be precarious with all the traffic generated in that neighborhood by the football game. Moreover, many area residents and their children will likely be at the football game rather than trick-or-treating or at home answering their doors.

Council member Don Durkin said a football game was scheduled for Halloween because if either or both teams made it to the playoffs, they would face playing another game the following Tuesday. By playing a Thursday rather than a Friday night game, Durkin said, the teams would have a chance to get more rest before the playoffs.

Council member Willene Blackburn said in the past people complained when Halloween was changed because residents would get trick-or-treaters two nights in a row. The Council agreed changing the official trick-or-treating day would require extensive advertising and notice to the community.

The Nottingham Elementary School costume parade will still be Oct. 31.

First Southern Baptist Church will still have its Halloween alternative party from Oct. 31. The event, for children up to sixth grade, will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the church, 1103 Main St.

Fun costumes are encouraged, or dress up as a favorite Bible character.

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