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Updated: 08/13/2014 08:12:02AM

Halloween Street Festival: safer tricks and treats

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Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler is hoping the create a safer Halloween festival for children.


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In an effort to make Halloween a safer event, Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler has come up with the idea for a spooktacular Street Festival. The event will take place along Interlake Boulevard and Main Avenue.

“With street lights on and traffic blockades up we can create a safer Halloween,” explained Fansler. “We are creating a safer alternative than having children and their families walking in the dark in costumes. That is a recipe for disaster.”

Merchants would participate by staying open for trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 9 p.m., decorating their storefronts and handing out candy. “The night would give businesses some great exposure while handing out candy,” stated Fansler.

Community members would have the opportunity to decorate their vehicle trunks for the popular “trunk-or-treat” that is becoming a trick-or-treat alternative. Civic organizations and churches are also welcome to park cars, pop the trunks and hand out candy.

“We are not telling any neighborhood they cannot trick or treat,” revealed Fansler. “We’re just offering a safer alternative.”

There will be a meeting Saturday, Aug. 23 at 9 a.m. at the Lake Placid Masonic Lodge to discuss the concept. The Masonic Lodge is on North Main Avenue.

Although there are no concrete numbers yet, according to the chief, the event is garnering a good deal of interest among merchants.