Saving Halloween in Jeffersonville? - News, Weather & Sports

Saving Halloween in Jeffersonville?

 By Elizabeth Beilman, News and Tribune

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (News and Tribune) - This year's trick-or-treating at Jeffersonville's Downtown Halloween may be saved from the ax.

Mayor Mike Moore said he is working on a compromise to make sure the city still hands out free candy as part of the event, despite the Parks Authority's worry that increased attendance could make it unmanageable.

“I was shocked,” Moore said. “First off, I think we need to remember who the mayor is of the city and although Parks Authority may believe they have the authority to cancel Downtown Halloween in Jeff, they do not.”

The parks board voted 8-1 in a special meeting last week to change the October event, possibly swapping the trick-or-treating for more crowd controlled activities like a Halloween film at RiverStage or a costume contest.

In recent years, the parks department has not needed to advertise Downtown Halloween because of its popularity. With the opening of the Big Four Bridge, most members didn't think it would be possible to manage the trick-or-treating lines that snake down Spring Street.

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