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Halloween is moved
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
Attention, little ghosts and goblins in Henry County and Martinsville: You will be trick-or-treating a day later than usual this year.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors and Martinsville City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted resolutions that delay the observance of Halloween, which falls on Oct. 31, until Nov. 1.
Local law enforcement officials proposed the delay to the city because Oct. 31 is on Sunday this year. For that reason, Halloween will be on Monday.
"We feel very strongly that Sunday night is not a good time to observe Halloween since it will interfere with many people's desire to attend Sunday evening church services," said City Manager Clarence Monday.
According to Monday, both Martinsville Police Chief Mike Rogers and Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry have recommended not observing Halloween on Saturday night, Oct. 30, out of fear for pedestrian safety due to people drinking and driving on the weekend.
Observing Halloween on Monday "will be the safest option," Monday said.