ANDERSON — High winds and driving rain postponed the observance of Halloween throughout the county, but it didn't keep some determined families from sticking to the official date Thursday night.
Most of them cited one reason: tradition.
"It's Halloween," said Adam Fason of Anderson. "We wanted to get out and celebrate."
Fason, his wife Carri and son Landon braved the weather to attend New Life Nazarene Church's Halloween Trunk or Treat at 3615 Raible Ave. The Fasons were married at the church and it's part of their lives, so they said it was important for them to celebrate with the rest of the congregation. Adam said it helped that the trunk-or-treat was inside.
"It's a chance to go out without having to go outside," he said.
Al Dayton, New Life's minister, said the church holds the event every year on Halloween, regardless of the weather. He wasn't about to break with tradition. He said they had seen a steady stream of trick-or-treating traffic and expected about 400 people would come through by the end of the night. That number is down from the 600 he said the church usually sees on Halloween, but still better than he expected with the inclement weather.
"We decided to stick it out," said Dayton's wife Lynda. "People are used to having it tonight, and we didn't want to change that."
Volunteers Mary Borders and Dawn Rousey said they were glad the church decided to keep the date for Halloween. They said they volunteered because they like seeing the children charged up for the popular holiday.
Joan Banks of Anderson, who attends the church, said Halloween isn't really her kind of holiday, but she wasn't going to deprive her four daughters of fun and candy.
"We were going to come regardless," Banks said.
New Life was one of the few locations around the city to observe Halloween on Thursday. Some other churches that planned for Thursday, like Wesley Free Methodist Church on Eighth Street, postponed their observance until Friday. City and county officials announced, due to weather, Halloween would be extended to Friday night. Many families out on Thursday said they would trick-or-treat Friday as well, an attractive two-for-one prospect for their children.
Good's Candy Shop on West 53rd Street saw heavy trick-or-treating traffic on Thursday. From 5 to 7 p.m., the store offered free candy to costumed children ages 12 and younger. Employee Carly Pidcock said they would continue the offer again on Friday night. Robert Gamble of Anderson brought his five children to the store simply because it was one of the few locations available. He said he still wanted his kids to enjoy the holiday despite the poor weather.
"I remembered this was one of the few places running today, and they wanted to go out," Gamble said. "We're going to hit up a few more churches that have Halloween tonight. We'll probably go out again tomorrow, too."
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