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Council approves Halloween events

Oct 10, 2017
Many area houses have begun decorating for the observance of Halloween on Oct. 31.

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Annual Halloween events will be held again this year after the Washington City Council recently approved requests from the Washington Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Music Boosters to use city property to hold the events.

During last week’s meeting, the council approved the request to block a portion of East Main Street in Front of the YMCA of Washington County from Chamber event planner Alisha Davis. She said it was part of the annual Trick-or-treat Around the Square and would be held Oct. 31 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Traffic and parking will be blocked from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“It is so families can have safe access to the pony rides and hay rides we do every year,” she said.

The council had discussed the event with city maintenance before Davis approaching the council. The city will provide the cones and signage for the event.

Davis explained the hay ride is a slow-moving ride. She provided a map of the route to the council. She said the Antique Tractor Club would host the event.

Trick-or-treat Around the Square is scheduled to have its regular events, including bounce houses, games, and a free meal.

Council member Jaron Rosien asked if the event had changed at all from last year. Davis said it hadn’t.

Also during October, she said, the Chamber would host several other events through the month. She said Moonlight Madness was coming up Oct. 19.

The council also approved a request from the Washington Music Boosters to use part of the Kewash Trail to hold its third annual Haunted Demon Rail Line.

Organizer Chris Hanson said the event would be held in and around Hayes Timber and the money raised would go to Washington Music Boosters. He said during the first two years of the event, after expenses, the boosters had raised about $10,000.

“The last two years we helped send kids to Disney World,” he said. “This year the Music Boosters is going to apply the money toward some new musical instruments for the high school.”

Hanson said the boosters take part of the trail and turn it into a haunted walk. He said the event changes every year.

Volunteers dress like various monsters for the event. Hanson said there have been no incidents during previous years. He said the worst that had happened was people had tried to sneak in.

The event will be held Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27, and Saturdays, Oct. 21 and 28. He asked for approval for the events to go to at least 11 p.m.

Hanson stressed no young people were out by themselves and that there were plenty of people along the trail with flashlights.

He said it is well monitored.

“If you haven’t been out there, you need to come out,” he said.

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