Halloween

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This year is one of those years when Eudora High School Football and Halloween collide on the same night.  This year, the Eudora High Cardinals will be playing their final regular season game in Baldwin City against the Baldwin City Bulldogs. Traditionally, Eudora has always had a good turnout for trick or treaters.

We ave already received questions from some football fans asking if trick or treating will be moved to a different night. There has been precedent for this in the past.  Approximately 10 years ago trick or treating was moved one night because Police and the City Council of the era were concerned about traffic in town due to a playoff game and the possibility of young children in the streets with all the cars. Eudora made national headlines for making the switch due to a high school football game.

This year, there will be no traffic in town due to a football game. Because it’s not an in city event, the City Commission has no real jurisdiction on moving Halloween trick or treating. There is not a safety issue involved. There are no official sponsors or governing organizations over trick or treating and Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horsemen are unavailable for comment on the topic.

So, we thought it would be interesting to find out what the citizens of Eudora and the readers of Eudorareporter.com think on the topic. We have put a poll question up on our website (in the left hand column): Do you think that Halloween should be moved because of the football game?

Let’s see what the citizens think about this. Our poll will be open until Sunday Oct. 13 and we will report on the results on Monday Oct. 14.

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This is a simple story about an experience I had that I wanted to share with you all. It drives home the point of why Eudora is such a great community.

Over this Halloween weekend, I had the opportunity to visit the town I grew up in, Alton, Illinois. Alton is a town of approximately 30,000 people located on the banks of the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis, MO.

One of Alton’s biggest events of the year, is the annual Halloween parade. This parade features mostly children dressed up in their Halloween costumes and riding on floats. Some businesses participate and a few of the High School marching bands from the area also participate, but the focus is on the children. This was a parade that I myself participated in as a youngster involved in Cub Scouts.

My parents are getting older (aren’t we all) and could not sit outside for the duration of this parade due to typical October night time  temperatures. Therefore, we parked a car along the parade route, as many others also do, so they had a comfortable and warmer place to sit while viewing the parade. Constantly during the parade, people kept moving and standing in front of the vehicle because there was an open space along the parade route. When this occurred, a family member would politely ask them to move so that my parents could see the parade from the comfort and warmth of the car. Finally, as the night wound on, people started becoming belligerent and uncaring about an older couple just simply wanting to see the floats in the parade.  Alcohol also was heavily in use and evidenced but not only cups and cans, but the smell of it on the breath of many.

I have had the good fortune of attending several parades in Eudora. Again, several cars are parked along Main St. for the parade, but at no time have I ever seen problems between parade viewers occur before. People allow the children to go out and grab the candy thrown, but the children are polite and well behaved and retreat to where they were standing.  I have seen parents make sure there children are safe and then make sure they don’t obstruct other people’s views or get out of control. The parents are all very cordial and don’t act in a manner that would be considered inappropriate for adult behavior.

This is not a column about the use of alcohol. I myself, have tipped back one or two at home or at parties I have attended. Public behavior like this though, is an example of what gives a city a bad impression.

It is so pleasant to live in a town and interact with people on a regular basis that know how to be kind and courteous to others.  Thank you Eudora, for being such a great hometown.

John Schulz

Managing Editor

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