Trick-or-Treat on Main greets 1,300 kids on Halloween

Published 10:49 am Friday, November 1, 2019

Although heavy rain and gusty winds lasted throughout most of Halloween day, Trick-or-Treat on Main still prevailed seeing roughly 1,300 children between 3 and 5 p.m. at the Harlan Center. Even after having the event moved inside, Harlan Tourism Executive Director Brandon Pennington said it was “mind boggling” to have so many visitors attend.

The annual event normally leads ghouls and ghosts through downtown Harlan and to the doorsteps of local business owners who get in on the Halloween fun by handing out candy and toys. This year, however, workers at the Harlan Center, in collaboration with Harlan Tourism and the businesses, decided having the event indoors to keep everyone out of the harsh weather would be best.

Pennington said the amount of people who showed up during the two hours of trick-or-treating shocked him and his crew, putting a smile on their faces to see that the weather wasn’t putting a damper on anyone’s spirit of Halloween.

“Much like the parents in our community, we were disappointed with the weather that moved in on Halloween,” Pennington said. “However, we were grateful that we had the opportunity to open up the Harlan Center to businesses and organizations so that parents and kids had a safe and dry place to come and trick-or-treat.”

Pennington estimated around 1,300 children came out to trick-or-treat at the Harlan Center, with roughly 40 businesses set up to represent the event.

“We were astounded at the turn out for the event, and we tried to filter attendees throughout the Harlan Center in a way that we kept as many people dry,” Pennington said.

He added although they did their best to get people indoors and off the street, the line became so long at times that it wrapped around the building and led up to the top plaza entrance.

“This is the eighth year that we’ve hosted Trick-or-Treat on Main, and we will continue to host the event with years to come,” Pennington said, mentioning the Harlan Center could be used as an alternate location for the event in the future if weather is an issue.

The event is normally held on the same day the city of Harlan and county set for trick-or-treat times, unless otherwise announced.

For more information on Trick-or-Treat on Main, call the Harlan Center at 606-573-4495.