Bank of Cadiz owner Don Leibee stood by the bank with stacks of candy and saw many of the first children to arrive since it was near where traffic was blocked off. Despite the appearance of an overabundance of supplies, he didn’t seem to think he would be left with any treats at the end of the evening.
“It’ll all be gone in an hour and a half,” he said as the crowds and slow foot traffic passing by seemed to hint that he was right.
Not every business gave out candy. Cher and Doug Loose of the antique store Loose Treasures spent their evening handing out beads and kaleidoscopes. If this didn’t satisfy some sweet teeth, there were many more opportunities available. Trigg County Judge-Executive stood outside the courthouse annex as County Attorney H. B. Quinn, wearing a Rastafarian hat complete with dreadlocks, gave away sweets. Moore said Halloween Safe Night is always quite popular and that he had seen kids from Gracey, Hopkinsville and Eddyville come through that night.
Helping with the Janice Mason Art Museum booth, Paul Fourshee stood by and tried to keep the flow of kids under control. He spent much of his time advising kids where the line for candy began, which was a job that required much more alertness than one might think. Fourshee seemed to have to give new directions to someone about every five seconds.
Many parents seemed to having as much fun as their children, wearing costumes as walked with them down the sidewalks. One of these parents was Rodney Grubbs, who probably caught a few glances since he was the only werewolf pushing a stroller. Grubbs, who was out with his sons as well as nieces and nephews, said he wore the mask because his children asked his to dress up this year.
Halfway through the festivities, at six o’clock that night, Murray State University professor Robert Valentine told a few Halloween stories to a small crowd gathered around the Renaissance stage. Valentine, who has been invited to Halloween Safe Night every year by Lake Barkley State Resort Park, said it’s a challenge for storyteller to hold an audience’s attention at busy events.
“You sort of have to ramp it up because there’s so much competition,” he said before his performance. He added, “You can’t phone in a story. The audience won’t respect you, and they shouldn’t.”
Valentine entertained the kids with stories that, while not quite terrifying, shared spooky themes. He started by telling the kids that all the stories he would be telling them were true. Or perhaps not.
“Okay, most of them are made up, but the rest of them are fiction, I can assure you,” he said with a faux-serious expression on his face.
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