Meridian, Miss. Local families are wondering if they will be able to fully celebrate Halloween this year.
Pumpkins, ghosts, and goblins are in place to greet trick-or-treaters as they make their way from one front door to the other. But the question is, will trick-or-treaters have a chance to see the decorations in person while picking up their candy.
"Well, we don't have a contingency plan set in place," Meridian Cultural Affairs Coordinator Casey Null says. "I do know there are several churches have fall festivals. The mall is having their event that they host every year. So there are other things that people can participate in."
Trick-or-treaters within the city limits of Meridian can trick or treat from 5 to 8 p.m., according to a city ordinance. Null says the 8:00 cut off is to keep door bells from ringing too late, especially since there is school on Friday.
"We do have extra officers that will be on duty just to make sure that everyone is safe and secure," Null points out. "And so, we just want to make sure that everyone is out, having a good time. But is able to safe while doing it as well."
Should it rain, Null says it's okay to grab an umbrella and continue trick or treating. Just continue to be mindful of your surroundings.
"We just want everyone to have a really good time and to be safe and to watch out for one another," Null adds.
Bonita Lakes Mall will host its annual trick-or-treat event at 6 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate. Adults in the mall are asked not to wear costumes.