Rain alters Halloween plans
by Paisley Boston
Oct 31, 2013 | 1732 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dressing up
The adults may have been having more fun this year dressing up for Halloween than the kids. Employees of several businesses decked out in costume, such as Castrol Express Lube and the Bolivar County Chancery Clerk’s Office.
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Rain, Rain, go away, or at least until after ghost and goblin day.

Halloween was forced to come early for some trick or treaters due to severe weather.

According to the National Weather Service, there is a 100 percent chance of precipitation for today, with possibly one to two inches of rainfall.

There is also a strong wind advisory, with a south wind 20 to 25 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour.

The wind advisory will remain in effect from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The impacts of the wind gust could be severe and could possibly bring down large limbs and rotted trees.

"We are just going to monitor the weather like we would any other day to ensure the safety our citizens," said Director of Emergency Management Agency Bill Quinton. "We are going to be prepared if something occurs. The strong winds don't pose as much of a problem until they are mixed in with a tornado. If we have traffic issues, we have people on call and prepared to cut and remove trees from the middle of the highway. We are just going to continue monitoring to see what occurs."

Although weather conditions have slowed down some trick or theaters, there are some fun activities that can be done indoors to entertain the little eager youngsters.

Parents can entertain their little howlers and prowlers by carving pumpkins, playing games such as I spy and bobbing for apples, by putting on Halloween sounds or music and then hold a dancing competition, decorate the windows with Halloween pictures and drawings, baking cookies, watching scary movies.

For those energetic and persistent kids, who insist on trick or treating, there are also some alternatives to coming out in the soggy weather.

One alternative is changing the child's costume and incorporating a brightly colored raincoat, rain boots, hat and colored umbrella.

The Delta State Athletics Trunk-or-Treat, originally set to be held on the east parking lot of the Parker-McCool Football Stadium, will be moved indoors.

The event will be held in the Wyatt Gym across from the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria on the Delta State campus from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

The Community Cookout has been moved inside Walter Sillers Coliseum on campus. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will feature live entertainment, food and drinks and a pep rally.

Hamburger, hot dogs, chips and drinks will be provided by the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. The DMI All Stars band will open the entertainment stage. Student members include Horace Wills, Ethan Frink, Brennan Barham, Charles Ross, Ben Murray and Amber Foster.

Headlining the event is the Beatles tribute band, 1964: The Tribute. President LaForge, a lifelong musician, has always been a fan of the Beatles and has seen this band in concert numerous times.

A pep rally will take place around 9 p.m. The fireworks show has been rescheduled to take place after the Homecoming game on Saturday.