Demopolis, Linden weigh Halloween move

Published 4:48 pm Monday, October 4, 2010

Technically, Halloween is 25 days away but currently under study in Demopolis and Linden is the idea of asking goblins and candy-hunting ghouls to hit the streets a day early.

This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday. The action, if taken by either city, would ask that trick or treaters observe Halloween Saturday, Oct. 30 to avoid any conflicts with local church services and observing traditions of the Sabbath.

Demopolis Mayor Mike Grayson said he expected the Demopolis City Council to discuss the issue at this week’s council meeting, noting that early support for the move has been favorable.

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Linden Mayor Mitzi Gates said the Linden council would also take the matter under advisement and would likely also as the city to observe Halloween a day early.

“I’m quite sure that they will decide to make Saturday, October 30 the official Trick-or-Treat holiday because I can recall this being the case in times past, as well,” she said.

Gates said the unofficial move of Halloween would also make sense, as it would coinside with other activities already planned in the city.

Quest Club of Linden will host a Pumpkin Patch Party on the 30, and Bruce Ward has scheduled the carnival coming to town Oct. 27-30.

“So, we’re gearing up for a spook-tacular time south of the Bogue,” she said. “It just makes sense for the 30th to be the official city-sanctioned culmination of all that fun. Come join us for a frightful good time.”