October 24, 2018
By Megan Hollaway
Children of Mountain city and the surrounding Johnson County are now counting down the days until Halloween, and most importantly to them, trick or treating.This year it has been the city’s official decision to have the trick or treating festivities on the night of Halloween, despite it being a school night. The date of the trick or treating will remain the same due to the troubles faced during the last Halloween where there was an attempt to change the festivities to the weekend.
There was a great deal of trouble last time we moved Halloween to the Sunday before the holiday, “said Bob Morrison, during last week Commissioners meeting, “As it was church night, and people were attempting to trick or treat on both the Sunday before and the day of Halloween.” Jerry Jordan, another speaker at the Commissioners meeting, recalled, “There were trick or treaters out both nights, and there was honestly chaos between that and church night. It will be much easier to keep it on one night.”
Main Street will be bustling with trick or treaters this coming week, along with the parking lot of several churches, all of them participating in the newer tradition of trunk or treat, which includes First Christian Church on West Main Street and Nelson’s Chapel on Forges Creek Road with trunk or treat beginning at 6pm at both locations. Main Street, as well as several of the side streets in town, is decorated with scarecrows, bales of hay, skeletons, and all kinds of Halloween cheer. The trick or treating hours will be between 5 pm to 7 pm, and the usual city rules apply to this year’s trick or treaters as they have in the past, such as parents accompanying young trick or treaters and no masks to be worn by anyone over the age of twelve. Remember to check children’s candy before letting them eat it, and enjoy the night of fright!