PLAYING TO THE CROWD- Trick-or-treaters and their families fill the Eureka High School cafeteria Halloween night as local businesses, organizations and individuals distribute candy. The event was organized in a matter of hours Mayor Scott Zimmer and other volunteers so children would not have to go door-to-door in snowy, cold conditions.

EUREKA - What could have been a frightfully cold and soggy Halloween Thursday for local trick-or-treaters turned out to be warm, dry and welcoming. As snow was forecast for Central Illinois on Halloween for the first time in over a century, community leaders worked furiously to conjure up a safe, comfortable environment for little goblins to gobble their treats and show off their costumes.

Preparations began the day before on Wednesday when resident April Stewart contacted Mayor Scott Zimmer if the town would consider moving trick-or-treat hours from Thursday to Friday.

 “I had not considered that, but after taking a look at the weather forecast, she was right,” Zimmer said. “The weather was not going to be very pleasant for little trick-or-treaters.”

He did not feel Friday would be an ideal option because families and organizations already had their Halloween activities set coupled with school or other activities. A decision was made to coordinate an indoor event, which came in the form of trick-or-treating in the high school cafeteria, which came after getting the green light from District 140 officials.

According to Zimmer, over one hundred blazed a trail to the cafeteria to enjoy the holiday.

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