Indoor Halloween events have large turnouts in the NRV

Published: Nov. 1, 2019 at 2:09 AM EDT
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The spooky weather that hit many of us Thursday night caused many of our hometowns to reschedule their Halloween festivities and forced others to move inside.

The final Christiansburg Farmers' Market of the season was one that went indoors, but that didn’t stop the kiddos from getting their hands on some tricks and treats. Many parents were relieved they could help their little ones get some candy and stay dry.

Mayor Michael Barber said although it was a last minute decision to move everything indoors, he thinks it was a great call by the parks department.

“It allowed us to make the best of a bad situation and all of the people that I’ve talked to are so grateful that we did this and gave them something to do, and we’ve been really pleased with the turnout,” Barber said.

Barber said the entire event was pulled off in less than eight hours. Parks and Recreation director Brad Epperley said attendance at the event was 2,138 people.

There was also a record turnout at the NRV Mall Thursday night for its annual trick-or-treat. Kids and their families made their way shop-to-shop to pick up some Halloween candy. They even got a chance to watch a balloon artist and keep the animals he made, too.

Many said they were glad to have a place to go away from the miserable weather outside.

“The turnout’s been crazy. I’ve been so busy handing out candy it was hard to take it all in and get the pictures I would have liked to have gotten, but it’s been great,” said event coordinator Tina Waugh. “It’s one of my favorite events.”

The fun continued at the mall until all of the stores ran out of candy.

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