By Lora Scripps
Stephen and Kim Tolley of Elkmont were busy putting the finishing touches on their Halloween decorations Wednesday, but like other residents in Limestone County the couple is concerned about the weather. Most concerns center around fun being interrupted by the showers, severe thunderstorms and possible tornadic activity in this afternoon’s forecast.
The Tolleys, at the corner of Alabama 99 and Harris Loop, have plans to turn up the fog machines and transform into the “Grim Reaper” and “Psycho Surgeon of Elkmont” for a spooktacular Halloween night full of tricks and treats.
Their hope is the rain will hold for trick-or-treaters. The said they have some terrifying treats for those who dare to visit.
Like the Tolleys, many residents have asked whether Halloween should be moved to Friday night when the stormy weather is supposed to exit the area.
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said Wednesday that although there is a risk of rain, the city of Athens would observe Halloween on Halloween. He said with Wednesday night being a church night for some and Friday night being Athens High’s homecoming, the city did not want to conflict with those activities or cause confusion by observing Halloween on an alternate night.
“Some organizations may reschedule their activities as needed, but the city will observe the holiday on the day it falls,” he said.
“I encourage parents or other responsible adults to monitor the weather before going trick-or-treating. I also encourage parents or other responsible adults to accompany their children who do go trick-or-treating and to have reflective material on their clothing so they are visible to motorists.”
Marks asked that motorists use extra caution and watch for trick-or-treaters crossing roads and walking on roadsides.
“I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween,” he said.
Officials with the Spirit of Athens said they will not be sponsoring trick-or-treating on The Square this year and are working with merchants for a Halloween-themed event in 2014.
There are a few indoor options for families who want to take part in festivities:
• Candy Explosion. Soul’d Out Christian Center International-Alabama’s Candy Explosion is at 6 p.m. at The Boys & Girls Club, 1017 W. Washington St. in Athens. Club will be open as long as there is not a tornado risk. Organizers said children are also welcome to come earlier than scheduled.
• Youth Hollu-Festival. Saint Mark Primitive Baptist Church at 740 Sanderfer Road in Athens will host a festival with fun, food and games at 6 p.m. All ages welcome.
• Festival. Christian Fellowship Baptist Church at 8155 Alabama 53 in Toney will host a night of food, games and candy including a cake walk from 6-8 p.m. All ages welcome. The church is on Alabama 53 one-half mile south of Fowler Auction on the right.
• Festival. Salem Springs Baptist Church in West Limestone will host a night of games, candy and fun. All ages welcome. The church is located on Alabama 99 just before the West Limestone Volunteer Fire Department.
• Publix in Athens will hold an in-store trick-or-treat from 4-7 p.m.
• Athens-Limestone Public Library will hand out candy to anyone in costume who stops by the library at 405 E. South St.