Halloween Boo, What, When And Where
Published 1:59 pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
FARMVILLE — Boo.
Who can boo?
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And when must they be through?
Finished with their boos?
Halloween will be celebrated on October 31, which is Halloween, in the Town of Farmville.
The date seems obvious but Town Manager Gerald Spates noted to town council earlier this month that, “everybody’s going to call and ask, ‘What night’s trick-or-treating?’ It’s Halloween night. We don’t change it.”
The annual Halloween Costume Parade will be held at 4 p.m., beginning on the lawn of the Prince Edward County Courthouse on the afternoon of All Hallow’s Eve.
The event is sponsored by the Town of Farmville’s Recreation Department and the Downtown Merchants and traditionally attracts ghosts, ghoulies and superheroes by the dozens, some in store-bought costumes, others in cleverly composed home-made costuming.
The parade has become quite customary along Main Street.
But there are rules to the evening’s booing and trick-or-treating.
“Trick-or-treating must be over by 9 p.m.” the town manager said, referring to information provided council members from the Town’s Code regarding the age limits on trick-or-treaters and costume age requirements.
Only those 12 and under can wear costumes.
“We have had complaints in the past about older people trick-or-treating,” Spates pointed out.
Specifically, Town Code has this to say Halloween activities.
“It shall be unlawful for any person over twelve years of age to appear in or on any of the streets, highways, alleys, public parks or other public places of the town in any mask or disguise whereby the identity of such person is concealed without the permission of the town manager or chief of police.”
And trick-or-treating is for those 12 years of age and younger because the Town Code made it “unlawful for any person to appear on the streets, highways, public homes, private homes or public places in the town to make trick or treat visitations. This section shall not apply to children twelve years of age and under on Halloween night, prior to 9 p.m…”
So that is the boo, what, when and where of Halloween in the Town of Farmville.