Editorial: Mocksville right to close streets for Halloween

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 24, 2019

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Halloween is right around the corner.

It’s my favorite holiday.

No, I don’t really care about being scared. I really don’t care about going through a haunted house, or dressing up and pretending to be something or someone I’m not.

But I do like candy. But not just at Halloween. That’s a year-long obsession. And I do like the fact that I’ve lived on this earth for another year.

For years, Downtown Mocksville and North Main Street have been invaded with hundreds of little ghosts and goblins. And for years, I’m always glad that the night goes by without any major injuries. A busy street with little ones in costumes just don’t go together.

The Town of Mocksville recognized that problem, as well.

When you have hundreds — maybe thousands — of trick-or-treaters on one street it becomes dangerous, especially when these little ones are excited about seeing all of the other costumes and decorations. They can become distracted and forget all about those lessons learned about looking twice before crossing the street.

This year, on Oct. 31, the town is closing North Main Street from 6-9 p.m. from Cemetery to West Church streets.

There will still be plenty of parking. Reach the Brock lot (where the Davie Recreation and Parks will host a “Curse of the Living Brock” haunted trail) via Depot Street at the square to Railroad Street. Park downtown early, where many of the merchants will be handing out candy. Sure, the detour will inconvenience many; but it is worth the inconvenience when  you consider the reason behind it — trying to keep young children safe.

Years ago, area residents began to take advantage of the great opportunity offered by residents along North Main, many of whom go all out to delight the little trick-or-treaters. Think music. Think decorations that would rival those anywhere. Think candy. Tons of candy. The Davie County Public Library, in addition to the ghostly treats and attractions at the Brock, will welcome trick-or-treaters. Others just set up along the route to join in on the fun.

Yes, Mocksville has been Halloween Town for quite some time, and it’s great to see the town accept it, and work to make it more attractive — and safer — for families with excited young ones.

Back in the day, our parents used to bring us to Mocksville, drop us off and let us go. Times have changed, and that is not recommended, even though Mocksville is still a safe town full of kind and caring people. Keep an eye on your kids, folks. If they’re old enough to be out on their own, they’re probably too old to be trick-or-treating anyway.

It is estimated that Americans will spend $2.6 billion on candy this year. Maybe because candy is purchased early. It happened at our house. The candy was purchased last week. I’ll be surprised if there’s even one piece from that bag left before Halloween night. It’s not entirely my fault, I’m a sucker for Kit Kats and Almond Joys. My wife knew that when she bought the bag.

How about those Halloween decorations? Americans spend some $2.7 billion. How about costumes? Add another $3.2 billion.

Wow, you would think the holiday was invented by candy makers and costume designers. Maybe it was.

Anyway, Halloween will be a great day — the start of my 62nd year on this Earth.

Mike Barnhardt is editor of the Davie County Enterprise-Record.

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