Abbi Clark and Jamaal Williams hold hands as they make their way to the next stop on the trick-or-treating tour around Mississippi University for Women campus Wednesday. The children are a part of the Child and Parent Development Center at the university. Photo by: Micah Green/Dispatch Staff
October 31, 2013 9:56:03 AM
With the threat of severe weather, many parents and local organizations are rethinking their Halloween plans.
The chance of rain tonight is 100 percent with wind gusts as high as 25 mph, according to the latest National Weather Service update at press time.
Columbus Air Force Base moved it's base-wide trick-or- treating to Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. due to the threat of bad weather. The base made the announcement on its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.
Claudia Heimmerman said she and her husband Dan were planning to take their 7-year-old daughter, Lucie, to the base for trick-or-treating. When asked about the threat of rain, Heimmerman joked they would all wear rain boots. When she found out the base changed its trick-or-treating to Saturday, Heimmerman said they would opt to go trick-or-treating then instead.
Stephanie Cash had planned on hosting a Halloween themed birthday party for her twins Ava and Carter in their New Hope neighborhood. Cash had planned on the birthday bunch going trick-or-treating and then go for a hayride. When she learned how severe the weather could be, Cash decided to cancel the party.
"When they started talking about tornadoes, I decided to cancel," she said.
Cash hopes to be able to host some neighborhood children at her home in lieu of a party but said if the weather is too intense, that might be canceled as well.
Jennifer Portera of Starkville said instead of trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, she and her neighbors are going to host a glow stick party and scary movie fest for their children.
Suzy Huckaby said even if it rains, between school and church trunk-or-treating festivities, her daughter Abby has plenty of candy.
"From the trunk-or- treat Sunday and the festivities at school on Wednesday, we're fine with what we have," she said.
For parents who do want to take their children trick-or-treating, Leigh Mall will be hosting their annual trick-or-treating inside the mall.
"Whether it rains or not, we always have it on Halloween from 5-7 p.m. for children 12 and under," said mall manager Gail Culpepper.
Culpepper said 500 to 800 children and families have shown up in years past but that number could increase if the weather is not suitable for outside trick-or-treating.
"It's safe, we have extra security and it's a place to go if it does rain," Culpepper said. "We normally have 500 to 800 people but it could increase if the rain hits."
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