Rain won’t stop Block Party; it’s still a ‘go’
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Oct 30, 2013 | 2092 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Block Party
DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND’S Halloween Block Party will be held Thursday night rain or shine. MainStreet Cleveland organizers are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for the best.
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Rain or shine, the 26th annual Downtown Halloween Block Party will go on, according to officials with MainStreet Cleveland. Also, the American Red Cross is offering trick-or-treaters some safety tips this Halloween.

According to the National Weather Service, rain chances increase toward late evening Thursday and could hold off for trick-or-treating on Mars Chocolate’s Treat Street.

Temperatures are expected to be warm as Treat Street opens at 5 p.m.

Treat Street has long been one of the biggest draws for Halloween revelers … that combined with all the other activities, food and musical entertainment as well as interactive fun, has always made the Downtown Block Party successful, according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

Drawing thousands of people, the event will be held once again on the Courthouse Square with “The Breakfast Club” and “Convertibull” providing musical entertainment.

Music begins at 6 p.m., but the Cleveland Dance and Performing Arts Center will take to the main stage at 5 p.m.

Food vendors have been situated around the square and everything from hot dogs to specialty foods, snacks and sweets will be available, Marr said.

The Costume Contest sponsored by Mars Chocolate also begins at 6 p.m. on the Annex stage.

American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee has issued safety reminders about costumes and Trick-or-Treating.

Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents, so the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:

- Look for flame-resistant costumes.

- Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.

- Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.

- Visit only homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door — never go inside.

- Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.

- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.

- Be cautious around pets and any other animals.