by Beth Stauffer


Around the state of Indiana on Thursday, Halloween festivities were postponed until Friday due to the threat of inclement weather at more than 2 dozen Indiana cities.  In large cities such as Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, and Evansville, city officials told masses of tiny trick or treaters to hang up their bags until Friday, while other large annual events traditionally held outdoors (like the Trick or Treat event at the Indiana State Fair Grounds) moved inside for the night.

Here in New Haven, however, we are made of tougher stuff than the city folk in Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, and Evansville; here in New Haven, Halloween was happening on Thursday come hell, or quite literally, high water.

On Broadway, the downtown businesses passed out treats to throngs of trick or treaters who lined the streets from 5-7 pm.  Even though it was damp and dreary outside, the weather wasn’t inclement enough to keep all the candy craving kids at bay; in fact, by 6 pm several businesses had run out of candy, and had to replenish their supplies for the fresh crowd descending on Broadway from the New Haven Adams Township Parks and Recreation Carnival that was held in the Park Hill Gymnasium.

From 5 pm-6 pm, many families with young children enjoyed the dry warmth of the previously mentioned Carnival put on each year by the Parks Department.  Usually, the Carnival is held in Schnelker Park but due to the threat of bad weather, this year (for the 2nd year in a row) the decision was made to move the festivities indoors to the Park Hill Gymnasium.  The Carnival appeared to have a wonderful turnout this year, with many children and families playing games and having fun on Thursday evening before heading off to participate in other activities.

As the evening progressed, the weather did indeed take a turn for the worse.  After 7 pm, the area received over an inch of rain and gusts of wind in excess of 20 miles per hour which probably cut short a few planned hauntings on Thursday evening.  Yet, in the end, the city of New Haven managed to fit Halloween and all of its associated events in on schedule on Halloween.

Candy for everyone!

Be sure to check out our online Halloween in New Haven 2013 Photo Album featuring pictures of the activities on Broadway and the Carnival in the Park Hill Gymnasium by clicking here. Photos are for sale… just follow instructions.

POSTED: 11/01/13 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News