Square event not too ‘scary’

Published 11:59 pm Monday, November 2, 2009

Organizers said Monday this year’s Halloween on the Square event was a success as an estimated crowd of more than 6,000 residents trick-or-treated their way around the Court Square on Saturday evening.

“It was a great evening for the children and their families, and everyone seemed to have abided by our guidelines,” said Duke Smith, who coordinates Halloween on the Square for the Andalusia Department of Leisure Services.

Smith warned residents last week the city might be forced to impose a height restriction for the event if teen and adult trick-or-treaters didn’t leave the festivities to the younger crowd.

“It seemed like the adults that were there were escorting the children and the teens were there just to enjoy the evening and the good music,” he said, speaking of the performance by Tuscaloosa’s Keith Williams and Second Nature, who entertained the crowed until 9 p.m.

Smith, who estimated the crowd between 6,500 to 7,000 people, said attendance appeared to be down this year but it was expected with the number of activities also scheduled for Saturday night. Opp and Red Level also held Halloween events, and the Kiwanis Covington County Fair was still taking place.

“Like I said, it was a great evening and everyone appeared to have enjoyed themselves,” he said. “Next year, we’ll continue to watch the adult problem. But I know that for the people who came, and the 33 merchants who handed out all that candy — all 500,000 pieces of it — it was a great evening.”