Updated Oct. 30
With a storm in the forecast that’s expected to have powerful winds for Thursday night, the Tisbury board of selectmen postponed a Halloween event at the request of the Vineyard Haven Business Association.
Instead, Main Street will be closed on Saturday from 3 to 4 pm for the Halloween parade, with trick-or-treating at the businesses afterward. Other street closures will also take effect on Saturday. From 4:30 to 9 pm, William Street will be closed from Spring Street to Woodlawn Avenue, and Center Street from Main Street to Franklin Street.
“It’s going to be a dark and stormy night for Halloween,” selectmen chair Melinda Loberg said. And while that might add to the haunting atmosphere, it’s not ideal for parents with young children in tow, and their safety.
“We can make a recommendation that everyone postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday night,” selectman Jim Rogers said.
Harbormaster John Crocker confirmed for the board that the forecast calls for 40 mph winds Thursday, and even stronger on Friday. “It’s going to be nasty,” he said.
Selectman Jeff Kristal said he hopes parents heed the warnings and trick-or-treaters stay home on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Tisbury said its Haunted Town Hall won’t move forward at all.
Nearby William Street is a popular spot for Islanders to trick-or-treat. Last year, one address had 1,124 kids show up, according to Paul Doherty’s Letter to the Editor.
Doherty wrote in an email Tuesday that he’s not able to welcome trick-or-treaters on Saturday night because of previous plans. He’s not sure what his neighbors will do. “I think it’s the right thing to do,” he wrote of the town’s plans.
Meanwhile, Oak Bluffs Police issued a press release postponing road closures for trick-or-treating until Saturday. “This decision was made to err on the side of caution for safety reasons,” the release states. “We will be notifying schools and putting this out on several social media sites.”
Enter Martha’s Vineyard Museum, with a last-minute open house. “We want to save Halloween,” Katy Fuller, operations manager, said. The museum will be open from 5 to 7 pm for trick-or-treating, Fuller said. “Kids can show up in costumes, there will be candy and likely a scavenger hunt.”
Another option for youngsters in costume is the Halloween Haven at MV Playhouse in Vineyard Haven. The Playhouse is still holding its event from 5 to 8 pm, MJ Munafo wrote in an email to The times. “We were unable to reschedule [Halloween Haven] to Saturday night since we have a performance of ‘Our Town’ that night,” she wrote.
The towns of Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury, and Edgartown all told The Times it’s business as usual in those towns for Halloween.
Updated to add Oak Bluffs’ rescheduling of Halloween events, and open house at M.V. Museum and the Haunted Haven at the Playhouse.