Ceredo Halloween fun goes on despite weather
CEREDO -- There hasn't been any event in nearly 60 years, nature or otherwise, that has put a stop to the annual Halloween street party in Ceredo, and Tuesday was no exception.
More than 300 people danced and pranced through the cafeteria of Ceredo Elementary, where Ceredo Mayor Otis Adkins said it was too late to put the brakes on the celebration he said he attended as a child in the 1950s.
"When the storm came in we found ourselves between a rock and a hard place," Adkins said. "We already had 750 hot dogs, 200 pounds of popcorn and enough pop to go with it coming to us, and, logistically, we couldn't do anything else but to go ahead and have the party."
Adkins and Ceredo Police Chief Tony Poston were more than pleased with the turnout for the street party, where, in addition to the free hot dogs, popcorn and pop, participants were eligible for door prizes and could compete in dancing contests.
Michelle Maynard came from Hazel Creek, Ky., across the river for the event.
Maynard said she grew up in Ceredo, and never missed a street party -- a tradition she said she hopes to carry on for her kids.
"This is one of those things you have to come to because there will be people here that you won't get a chance to see until this party next year," she said. "I had a lot of good times growing up, and I hope my kids have the same experience."
If there was one drawback to moving forward with festivities Tuesday night, it would be that door-to-door trick-or-treating was cut a little short, Adkins said.
"We are sorry for that," Adkins said. "I wish it didn't have to be that way, but we were backed into a wall. We had to make a decision, and I think we made the best of a tough situation."
While Ceredo moved forward with its Halloween celebration, several other towns and counties moved their events to later this week.
Here are updated trick-or-treat times for the Tri-State:
Cabell County: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov.1. Kindred Communications safe trick-or-treat, will be at courthouse during same hours.
Barboursville: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Buffalo Town Hall: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Eleanor: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Fort Gay: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Huntington (including Westmoreland): 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Guyandotte safe trick-or-treat party will be in the Boys and Girls Club from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Hurricane: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Lincoln County (including Hamlin and West Hamlin): 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Kenova: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Milton: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Putnam County: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Wayne (town only): 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, followed by a street dance at 8 p.m.
Chesapeake: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Proctorville: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
South Point: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Louisa: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1
If you know of a trick-or-treat time that is not listed here, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions? Call 304-526-2788.