Trick or treat night set for Oct. 31

October 07, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Trick or treat night will be celebrated on Halloween in Charles Town, though town council members worried briefly about it possibly interfering with the homecoming game at Jefferson High School.

Oct. 31 falls on a Friday this year, the same night as the annual homecoming celebration at the high school.

Council members talked briefly about moving trick or treat night to another day, but tradition won out.

Trick or treaters can go door to door in search of candy at houses where the porch lights are on from 6 to 8 p.m. Halloween night.

The homecoming game starts at 7:30 p.m.

Town Manager Jane Arnett said the trick or treat activities are intended for children ages 12 and younger.

Town council members Samuel Taylor and Randy Breeden said they believed having trick or treat on the same night as the homecoming game could work to the advantage of younger children because the older children will probably go to the game.


Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge said a full crew of police officers will be out, assisted by 10 volunteer scouts from the law enforcement Explorer post. They hope to not only make the streets safer for the trick or treaters but also prevent any Halloween mischief or vandalism, he said.

In other council business, Charles Town officials want the state to look at the signs coming into Charles Town.

Town officials would like Old W.Va. 9 and Old U.S. 340 to be named Historic W.Va. 9 and Historic U.S. 340.

They also would like the mile signs made clear. On Flowing Springs Road, one sign reads "Charles Town 12 miles" and the next, closer to town, reads "Charles Town 14 miles," said Councilwoman Nina Vogel.

She said a state highway official told her the matter would have to be studied before the signs could be changed.

Town officials said they would like to have more attractive "Welcome to Charles Town" signs.

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