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November 11, 2013

Make Halloween something else for everybody on the mall

Re: The Oct. 29 editorial (“Handy Candy: City should designate night for trick or treating”): The sentiments were right on.

We are not against Halloween, but due to many safety factors contributed to darkness, inconveniences of closed streets and darkened porch lights, isn’t it time to make some changes?

Nothing that will put a damper on the enthusiasm of those who look forward to this day, but perhaps add to the celebrating.

There’s year to put plans in place, thus we are suggesting ... .

Much like the tree lighting event, Oct. 31 or a pre-selected day, could and should be held downtown on the Mall as a one-night yearly community event for citizens of all ages.

Costumes, food and treats, music, parades, et al, and awards for all from teeny up through Mom and Dad.

Funding should come from contributions and/or fund raisers. Maybe even have a contest to select an appropriate name for this specific night.

There is a large lot for parking, as well extra hours for merchants and shoppers who may be in costume or those who come to watch from the sidelines.

The mall offers a fairly sheltered area from chilly weather, as well as sufficient space for whatever is planned.

Also, we must remember there are people who (for numerous reasons) do not believe in or may no longer take part in this event, but would come to enjoy another evening on the mall.

To those in charge, or whoever can make official decisions, please work with the merchants and anyone else concerned and get this potentially dangerous door-to-door stuff entered as outdated on the city books.

Continue to honor Mr. Ed — get organized, begin something new for the community using the downtown Mall.

Katherine Moffit

Cumberland

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