Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
It pays to have options when it comes to observing Halloween.
For instance, there are alternate plans for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce's and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church's "Trunk Or Treat" events.
The chamber's annual “Trunk or Treat” event, for instance, begins at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Norman Activity Center Parking Lot, 526 E. Commerce St. Local business members are expected to put stashes of candy in the backs of vehicles to distribute to revelers attending the event.
But there is an alternate plan. In the event of rain, participants will move from the outdoors parking lot into the Norman Activity Center.
"We wanted to be prepared, so that's why we picked this location," explained Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce President Peggy Renfro. "The big difference would be them taking candy out of their vehicle and bringing it inside where we will have tables."
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, at 1023 Corinth Road in Jacksonville, was originally slated to host Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot, beginning at 5 p.m.
However, it was unclear Wednesday if the event would continue in some form or be rescheduled in the event of rain.
Father Mark Kusmirek, pastor of the church could not immediately be reached by phone Wednesday to comment about contingency plans.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross offers the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:
In the event of severe weather, if thunder roars, go indoors.
If there is thunder, stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap. If someone is driving, they should try to exit the roadway and park, stay in the vehicle, turn on the emergency flashers and avoid touching metal surfaces. If someone is stuck outside, they should avoid high ground, water, tall trees and metal objects. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are not safe.
A free Red Cross Tornado App – which will not only let you know about NOAA tornado alerts, but also severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts – may be downloaded to smartphones.