West Asheville Neighbors Ready for 3rd Closing of Vermont Avenue for Halloween 2015
Neighbors in West Asheville are banding together to assemble the 3rd closing of the popular street for children and families who gather for trick-or-treating this Halloween. Vermont Avenue will be barricaded and manned by volunteers to assure safety and convenience for the trick or treaters and residents. Candy donations are also being gathered at local businesses and through online donations to supplement the houses who are hit the hardest by the thousands of children who arrive.
On this year’s Halloween, which occurs on a Saturday, all through–traffic will shut down on Vermont Avenue starting at 5:30 p.m. and will resume at 9 p.m. Residents and emergency vehicles will be allowed access. To minimize traffic and confusion for volunteers, residents with visitors for the evening are encouraged direct their guests to park outside of the closure or to arrive and depart outside of closure hours. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to walk or bike to the area as parking is limited. Parking may be available at West Asheville Park, on side streets, or around Haywood Rd.
“I’m really excited to hear they’re closing the street off because last year I took pictures of all the people with cars driving down it and it really felt unsafe.” said Michael Dickson, Vermont Avenue resident said of the first year of the highly successful undertaking by neighbors and volunteers.
“Halloween can be very overwhelming to the residents who hand out 1,000’s of pieces of candy each year. We collect candy donations at local businesses and purchase candy with what is left over from our online fundraising. Safety is the first goal but we also want to allow the residents of Vermont Avenue to enjoy the night”, said Karen Ostergaard, Vermont resident and event organizer.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the barricades, guiding cars to better parking options, opening for residents and EMS vehicles and more. Groups are encouraged to work together on the barricade shifts, and costumes and decorations are encouraged.
Sunday, October 25th from 12:00-3:00, neighbors and friends can gather at the 3rd Annual West Asheville Fall Potluck. Bring a dish to share, and a pumpkin to carve. Pumpkins can be donated to Vermont Avenue residents, and trick-or-treaters can find their pumpkin while filling their basket full of goodies! Live music will be playing during the event, and candy donations are gratefully accepted.
Want to donate candy to Vermont Avenue this year? Tastee Diner, The Hop West, Sunny Point Cafe, The Brew Pump, and West End Bakery. Hazel Ledwell and Kathleen Cook, originators of the now infamous West Asheville Halloween magic, are working hard to make sure that each participating house is equipped with enough candy to handle the amount of trick-or-treaters. “Candy is pouring in at the donation sites,” Hazel tells us. “The potluck is the main drop off and pick up for candy donations, and we are partnering with our sister site West Asheville Exchange for this years potluck.”
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