This year’s Halloween Trick-or-Treat Parade around the town square in David City has been canceled.
“We’re not doing it this year due to construction,” Hruska Memorial Public Library Director Kay Schmid said about the parade. “So this is really sad for a lot of people.”
Hruska Library has been putting on the parade since 1997. Schmidt said the idea was to get kids to trick or treat at businesses around downtown David City as opposed to wandering off into the outer neighborhoods. Last year, more than 400 children participated in the event.
The Friends of the Library decided at its last board meeting on Oct. 3 that it was best to cancel the event.
“It was a very difficult decision, but we just felt that for the safety of the children,” Schmid said. “We decided it was better to cancel it.”
But kids will still have the chance to collect some sweet treats on Halloween at places like Butler County Health Care Center, 372 S. 9th St. Trick-or- Treaters can meet up a the building’s east entrance for a guided tour through the hospital to get some candy on Oct. 31 from 3:35-5 p.m.
“We just want to provide another avenue for our children to trick-or-treat in town,” Hospital Public Relations Coordinator Laura Daro said.
David's Place, 260 S. 10th St., from 3:30-6 p.m., will be passing out candy to all who visit on Halloween. St. Joseph's Court, 646 I St., and St. Joseph's Villa, located next door, will also be allowing trick-or-treaters to stop on by for some Halloween goodies. Residents will be passing out candy to visitors in the lobby on Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.
St. Joseph's Court Activity Director Karen Smaus said they normally have 75 trick-or-treaters, but this year they were expecting 100 due to the parade’s cancellation.
“I totally understand; I don’t know how else they could do it,” Smaus said about the parade’s cancellation. “It’s kind of dangerous and the kids would be walking around (the construction).”
The Library still plans on hosting several spooky activities leading up to Halloween. On Wednesday afternoon, people were able to stop by the library to create their own “Franken-Buddy” by sewing different parts of stuffed animals together.
Entries for the Library’s pumpkin carving contest are due Oct. 29 and can be dropped off at the circulation desk. Various amounts of Chamber Bucks will be awarded to the top-three finishers. Pumpkins not picked up by Nov. 3 will be discarded.
On Oct. 29, the Library will have various games, arts and crafts, candy and other treats available from 3:45-5:15 p.m. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in costume.
On the same day, Dorothy Rieke will be giving a presentation at the Library on how to tell scary stories. The retired school teacher and freelance writer has been published in more than 50 different magazines. She has toured all over Nebraska telling spooky tales and teaching kids how they can tell some tall tales of their own. Her talk will be aimed at grades second through sixth and be from 4-5 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.