LIMA — The weather may have still been less than ideal, but area candy hunters would not be denied a second time.
Heavy rain and high winds forced almost all of the trick-or-treating events throughout the region to be rescheduled, with many of them held Saturday afternoon.
“It's better doing it today than it was the other night, that's for sure,” Elida's Katie Sifrit said. “The rain was one thing, but with the wind, it was really bad.”
The candy was somewhat slow in coming at the beginning of the afternoon, but area streets were soon bustling with ghosts, zombies, fairies and superheroes.
“I've only seen a handful of kids so far,” Lima's Suezie McClure said, after passing out candy to a group of seven smiling children. “But it's still early right now.”
Despite having to hold onto those costumes for a couple of more days, the parents had no problem with holding trick or treat Saturday afternoon.
“I was glad when they changed it here,” Smith said while walking with his children down McKibben Street. “I had heard of a boy who was shocked in Tennessee on Halloween. A utility pole was blown down and got him. I wouldn't have let my kids go out in all that.”
Having the event during the day rather than the evening, as it was originally scheduled in many areas, also had its advantages for the parents.
“I think it's safer,” Smith said. “It's easier keeping tabs on them than having them run around at night.”
While the schedule change was heartily approved by the parents, some of the children were a little disappointed at having to wait for their sugary, chocolaty rewards for their labors.
“They were disappointed,” Elida's Leshonda Gibson said. “They didn't understand the fact that it was too windy. I was relieved, though. I didn't want to be out in that weather.”
“The kids were a little upset when we told them they couldn't go,” Smith said. “But when we said they could go Saturday, they were OK with it. They could wait a couple of days.”
For McClure, she braved the elements on the front porch of her Grand Avenue home, her excitement for the spooky holiday not diminished in the slightest.
“The delay was good for me, since I could go out and buy more candy,” she said, surrounded by her Halloween decorations. “I love seeing the kids dressed up. For me, I love this holiday almost as much as Christmas.”