Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween to be celebrated in downtown

October 23, 2008

Construction on Main Street had caused the the Downtown Eudora Business Association to cancel a couple of events it had planned during the last few months, but all the orange safety cones couldn’t scare it out of celebrating Halloween.

“When I mentioned at the committee meeting that we should just have the kids come to CPA Park, there were two or three that were just adamant that we have the kids come down here (to downtown),” said Tina Montgomery, DEBA President and co-owner of DC Custom Crafted Cycles.

The event will go from 5 to

9 p.m. and begin at a haunted CPA Park, which will feature differing levels of scariness dependent upon the age of the trick-or-treater. Participants then will be lead for trick-or-treating to businesses on Main Street.

DEBA wanted to close down Main Street and have a hayrack shuttle people from CPA to downtown, but safety concerns wouldn’t allow for it.

Montgomery said safety has been at the forefront of organizing the event as a result of construction in downtown taking longer than businesses had been told.

However, city officials are working with DEBA to make Main Street — some of which has been without sidewalks for two months — appropriate for trick-or-treaters.

“Cheryl Beatty has said the city would rope places off to make sure the kids stay out of the construction zones, and the streets will be swept,” Montgomery said.

The city also will install temporary lighting.

DEBA has about 10 to 15 volunteers who will help to help with the event.

It also is planning events for Christmastime, as well.

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