Preparations were made and events set in motion, but sometimes, “things” have to be changed.
According to MainStreet Cleveland Executive Director Sharon Marr, that is exactly what happened prior to the Downtown Halloween Block Party on Thursday night.
“We had to cancel the air toys and actually moved forward with entertainment times,” Marr said.
The threat of rain held off long enough for an estimated 14,000 to 15,000 Halloween visitors to attend the 26th annual Block Party, which is held around the Courthouse Square.
Weather forecasters kept Marr in the loop, predicting the times which windy, rainy weather could move into the Cleveland area.
“We had just sprinkles of rain by 8:30 p.m,” Marr said.
By 7:45 p.m., Mars Chocolate employees had already handed out more than 10,000 bags filled with Mars goodies.
Entertainers took the stage beginning at 5:30 with local party band “Convertibull.”
The headline act, “The Breakfast Club,” began their show around 7 p.m.
Marr said earlier this week the annual Block Party would go on rain or shine.
Marr thanked the Cleveland Police Department and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Bradley County Misdemeanor Probation Office for their cooperation, along with the many event sponsors.
“The downtown area was cleaned up late Thursday evening and Cleveland is back in business this morning,” Marr said.
“We are appreciative that everyone worked so well together and now we look forward to our Christmas holiday events beginning in early December,” Marr added.
Bob Gault, BCSO media relations coordinator, and officer Evie West of the Cleveland Police Department both reported no major incidents occurred during the Block Party.
Neighborhoods around Bradley County also reported heavy activity of Halloween’s trick-or-treaters.
Social media posts such as Facebook showed long lines of goblins, spooks, superheroes and even a few television characters out collecting candy in various neighborhoods.
First Baptist Church canceled its Fall Festival due to the impending weather.
Halloween revelers also reported heavy activity at the Bradley Square Mall.