Experts say frightful weather shouldn’t deter trick-or-treaters
by Madasyn Czebiniak
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This house on north Noble Street is all decked out for Halloween. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
This house on north Noble Street is all decked out for Halloween. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Regardless of rain, people will still be trick-or-treating on Glenwood Terrace this year, according to its residents. But whether the “headless horseman” — a regular feature on Halloween night on Glenwood — will terrorize the neighborhood depends on the weather.

The pavement might be too slick for his horse.

“If it’s raining we probably won’t go out because the kids won’t be out,” Craig Waldron, who has played the horseman for the past three years, said.

Light showers are predicted to hit Anniston on all-Hallow’s Eve, according to Jody Aarons with the National Weather Service office in Calera. Still, it shouldn’t worry young ghouls and goblins, as thunderstorms aren’t expected until after 9 p.m.

“If you’re out and about, take an umbrella, but don’t cancel any plans,” Aarons said.

Glenwood Terrace resident Debra Ann Wakefield and Carolyn Freeman of Piedmont both said Tuesday that their usual Halloween activities will continue as planned.

Trick-or-treating on Glenwood usually begins in the late afternoon and ends in the early evening, depending on whether it’s a school night, while Halloween Downtown in Piedmont will be run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Both Wakefield and Freeman said they have been following the local weather forecasts and are hopeful that the heavier rain will stay away until later on in the evening.

Wakefield said her neighborhood’s Halloween events rival that of Christmas. If the weather permits, the horseman should show up sometime around 4:30 and stay until 6 p.m.

“It’s a wonderful tradition for Anniston and something the kids really look forward to,” she said.

Halloween Downtown was established in Piedmont eight years ago so children could have a safe place to trick-or-treat.

Freeman that said on Halloween the downtown streets are usually blocked off. Instead of going from house to house, children can visit the downtown area, play games and get free candy.

“It usually brings in a big crowd,” Freeman said. “We usually spend $150 on candy before it starts and have to run out two or three times to get more.”

Oxford resident Jeremy Cruse said regardless of the weather, his haunted attraction, the Terrortorium, will still be open Thursday night.

“We’re an all indoor operation - even our waiting area is inside,” Cruse said. “If people can’t go Trick or Treating they can still come to the Terrortorium and get scared and not get soaked.”

Tickets prices for the Terrortorium range from $7 to $17.

Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens said motorists should be more careful on Thursday because children will be walking in places they ordinarily wouldn’t.

“You can’t travel like you normally do through subdivisions,” he said.

Owens suggested that parents inspect their children’s candy before allowing kids to eat it and to be suspicious of anything not in a factory wrapper. Trick-or-treating children should be accompanied by an adult, wear bright colors, and avoid houses that are dark, the lieutenant said.

“Houses that don’t have their lights on obviously aren’t participating,” he said.

Chris Osborne with the Alabama Red Cross suggested figuring out a trick-or-treat route during the daytime. That way, parents and children are familiar with the neighborhoods they’re going to be in on Halloween.

Osborne also suggested rain boots and clear-plastic ponchos to combat the rainy weather — with a clear poncho, costumes are still visible.

“These are common sense things but things that are good to think of a day ahead,” he said.

Staff writer Madasyn Czebiniak: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @MCzebiniak_Star.

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