Brownstown celebrates Halloween at courthouse



On a cold, windy, rainy Halloween night, Brownstown/Ewing Main Street decided to move its event indoors.

While the trick-or-treaters and their families had to endure the elements to get inside the Jackson County Courthouse, it was worth it because they left with candy and treat bags.

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“I’m glad they did it inside,” Taylor Short of Clarksville said.

“I’m glad they were accommodating with the weather,” her mother, Lea Short, said. “I think it was awesome. We really enjoyed it. My oldest daughter lives up here, so we come up every year and go trick-or-treating with them.”

Eight members of the family, including Lea’s oldest daughter, Amber Bratcher of Seymour, enjoyed their time together.

“This community is great,” said Lea’s husband, Rodger Short. “We love coming here. We’re looking at actually moving up here. We love it. The people are great. They do great things for the kids.”

Lea, Rodger and Taylor dressed as cereal killers with plastic knives puncturing small boxes of cereal glued to a white T-shirt with red paint on it to resemble blood.

Taylor’s daughter, Londynn, didn’t like the costume, so she dressed as a witch.

“We just had a little friendly witch dress as a backup,” Lea said.

Conner Barnette, vice chairman of Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, said he counted more than 250 boys and girls who walked through the courthouse lobby Thursday night.

Jackson County 4-H, the Jackson County History Center, Brownstown Public Library and county employees handed out candy and treat bags.

The annual Halloween event also has included a parade, but that was canceled early Thursday because of the weather. The first year of the event drew around 100 people, and last year’s event went on with a parade even though it was raining, but attendance was down.

“It’s exciting to finally see things start to prosper,” Barnette said of Thursday’s turnout. “We took this organization over in 2017, so from what we’ve been able to do from there to here has been fantastic.”

The event also was successful because of Brownstown/Ewing Main Street’s supporters.

“It’s made available by our members,” Barnette said. “Without the community and the businesses’ support and signing up for memberships, that gives us the funds to put on community events like this.”

The festivities ended just in time for people to go around to local businesses and homes for more trick-or-treating.

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