At their regular October meeting held Tuesday night, members of the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners agreed that the 2014 observance of Halloween in Apalachicola be moved to Thursday night, October 30, rather than Friday night, the actual date of Halloween.
This year the official date of Halloween will fall on the opening day of the Annual Florida Seafood Festival, where the influx of 20,000 - 30,000 visitors will converge on the city to attend the two day event. The concern for the safety of trick-or-treaters during the opening day of the festival was raised by a group of young mothers led by Traci Moses of Apalachicola.
"As a parent, I am concerned for my children's safety. As a teacher, I am concerned for the safety of my students. Overall, I am concerned for the safety of all of the children that will be out on our streets, carrying on a fun, family tradition", wrote Moses in a letter to the city commission.
"If we leave trick-or-treating on the Friday night of the festival, I feel that we are putting our children and citizens in a potentially harmful situation! There will be a large crowd in town for the festival. This means added traffic on our streets. Most children walk with their families to trick-or-treat… with all of the added people in town, that could lead to dangerous situations", Moses wrote.
The commission agreed and on a motion made by City Commissioner Brenda Ash voted unanimously to move the observance of Halloween in Apalachicola to Thursday, October 30, 2014.