Even though storm alerts were issued by the National Weather Service for possible tornadoes, thunderstorms and temperatures dropping by the end of the night, there were still plenty of Wonder Women, Batmen, princesses and an occasional football hero.
While there were on-again, off-again showers during the designated trick or treating hours of 3 to 4:30 p.m., the overhead canopies on the downtown sidewalks kept the boys and girls from getting drenched. Most were a bit damp, but not enough to curb their enthusiasm as they watched their candy bag get fuller and fuller of treats as they walked from storefront to storefront.
While the downtown trick or treat is a tradition, there were plenty of other community events also helping children enjoy the holiday.
As the downtown event was drawing to a close, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department kicked off its trunk or treat just down the street at 5 p.m. The children got a chance to meet with real deputies and staff members from other county departments in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office and courthouse.
Unaka High School hosted a trunk or treat event on its campus. In addition to the usual candy and other treats, Principal Betsy Oliver also invited Keep Carter County Beautiful to participate and to provide information on stopping littering and encouraging recycling.
The group gave out over 150 coloring books that provided information on recycling, reusable grocery bags, litter bags for vehicles and recycled tire key chains and Keep Tennessee Beautiful gloves. The group also collected over 48 plastic bags that the trick or treaters had and replaced them with reusable grocery bags.