Next time, err on safety’s side

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Editorial: Nov. 5, 2013

TOPIC: Candy and threatening weather
Should have moved trick-or-treat day

How many trick-or-treaters did you have briskly walking on your street and to your door last Thursday in the pursuit of candy?

Probably not even close to the number you expected or close to the number of children you eagerly had voicing, “Trick-or-treat” last year.

This is a big day in the life of a child. You think for weeks about your costume, plan your trek for candy and then set off for a stash of goodies that can last for weeks.

But with threatening weather in the forecast for last Thursday, the cities of Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove and the county held firm with the traditional Halloween night trick-or-treat times.

LaRue County and Hodgenville didn’t. Those leaders moved trick-or-treating hours to the next day, which had been forecast for days to be free of rain and any potential damaging weather.

Leaders in Hardin County should have followed that lead.

Is it really a wise decision to have children between the ages, most often, of 3 to 15 out on the streets with and without parents with a 100 percent chance of rain in the forecast and high winds?

For a period of time, the area even was under a tornado watch.

Ultimately, the decision whether to allow children out onto the streets for candy rests with the parents. We get that.

Government leaders could have made it a little easier by choosing to postpone the event until Friday and allowing weather conditions to clear.

It is fortunate the weather we did receive wasn’t nearly as severe as first predicted, although it was far from ideal to host a night-time, outdoor activity.

There was the potential last week for serious injuries.

With children not going door-to-door, they instead headed to trunk-or-treat events around the county or inside venues at the mall, area churches and a downtown gathering relocated to Central Hardin High School. Many of those organizers were unprepared for the masses of people that filed into their areas.

It was a bad deal all around.

If governing bodies can set the trick-or-treat times, they certainly have the power, right and responsibility to delay it a day.

If the same conditions and forecast of threatening weather were in effect for a holiday parade, would the parade still go on?

Our officials have done a wonderful job leading our cities and county in a way best for residents. There are bigger decisions, we know, that are made daily that impact on people around the county.

But postponing trick-or-treat for a day was something all should have done.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.