Rain could put a damper on outdoor Halloween activities

By WEEK Producer

October 30, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The rain and thunderstorms predicted for Thursday could put a damper on trick-or-treating activities.

Halloween night is the one time kids really enjoy dressing up as their favorite character but for youngsters in Delavan, trick-or-treating has been rescheduled to Friday night.

"We had heard the weather forecast which sounds awful,” said Delavan Mayor Liz Skinner. “We have a parade sponsored by the American Legion which begins at 4 p.m. that really kicks off the town wide celebration and we were really concerned about the safety of our children and their parents as well.”

The local Red Cross has come up with a list of safety tips for children and adults, including advice for bad weather conditions.

"If you hear a clap of thunder it's important that you go inside for about 30 minutes,” said Erin Miller of the Red Cross. “So whether it's that you go home or you go to a neighbor's house or if you're in your vehicle you want to make sure that you go to a place where you're not going to be hurt by lighting.”

For families who don't want to worry about the changing weather conditions, there are indoor alternatives like St. Paul Baptist Church's "Harvest Festival."

"We have volunteers from our ministry who will be stationed outside all around Peoria High School with flashlights helping families cross the street light up the way so that they'll know exactly where to go to come into a safe and fun place,” said Kristie Hubbard of St. Paul’s.

St. Paul's Harvest Festival includes games and plenty of treats. It will be held in the Peoria Central High School auditorium, Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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