On All Hallows’ Eve, Fourth Avenue was closed to vehicular traffic. From 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. the street was reserved for ghosts and goblins of every description.
What a difference a few decades make.
In the 1960’s, Halloween on Fourth Avenue would have been lively – but not in the same way. Store windows would have been soaped as high as the tallest teen could reach. Passing cars and the St. Paul Apartments’ stairways would have been splattered with raw eggs. Ash cans would have been overturned and rolled into the street.
At 9:00 p.m. the town’s fire siren atop the St. Paul National Bank would signal Halloween’s conclusion. At that point, everyone was supposed to take their bounty of candy, cease their vandalism, and go HOME. St. Paul’s police force would pointedly “remind” any stragglers who tarried.
Wednesday evening marked Trunk or Treat’s third year in St. Paul. Take a look at the photo collage below – the smiles tell the story. Children of all ages had a great time, everyone returned home safely, and once again a large crowd turned out to see and be seen.
It’s a much better tradition than soap, eggs, and ash cans…
Click on any image to see a larger view. All photos © Clinch Valley Times.