SALYERSVILLE – The annual ghost walk and Thriller street dance have been postponed to Monday due to the weather forecast, though many additions and changes are being made to the ghost walk to make it a bigger and better event for the town.
Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd told Mortimer Media Group on Monday this week that Salyersville Renaissance, who hosts the annual ghost walk, was afraid they didn’t have enough high school students to do the same thing this year as in the past. To counteract that, they opened up the ghost walk to local businesses and organizations, who have stepped up to the plate.
“Now we’ve got over 25 businesses and organizations that are wanting to participate, so it could really be a big event,” Shepherd said. “After that we’ll have the Thriller dance and close down the streets and have the dancing with some of the grade schools, and it could be a really big event for all the kids and the parents and everyone in Magoffin County.”
Shepherd explained that the businesses will have “ghost booths” set up in town, giving out candy and overall participating in the ghost walk. The gifted and talented students will be leading the walk through a maze of “ghostly, spooky booths.”
“All of these businesses that have signed up are going to dress up, give out candy and make it a big event for the kids,” Shepherd said.
Due to the weather forecast for Thursday, the Halloween event has been rescheduled for Monday, November 1. The Salyersville Ghost Walk will start in the Salyersville National Bank parking lot (across from city hall) and will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Kids are encouraged to bring a trick-or-treat bag since businesses will be giving out candy along the walk. The Thriller dance will begin at 8:30 p.m., with Maple Street downtown closed for the dance.
Trick-or-Treat Night in Salyersville and Magoffin County is still set for Saturday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Shepherd said in the future they are hoping to combine all the events together on one night for one big celebration for the community.