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Severe weather threatens Halloween activities

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Updated: 10/30/2013 7:15 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Halloween is right around the corner, but severe weather is also coming along with it, threatening the day's traditional festivities.

"I just don't want to get them out in the cold and the rain," mother Hannah Ring said.
 
Ring has two children.

She will be keeping her children inside Thursday night.

WTVA's chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan said she's making a smart decision.

"No one actually cancels Halloween," Laubhan said. "So it is up to the parents to make a decision, 'Do I want to send my children out in this?' If I was a parent, I would not."

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said he and his deputies expect to be very busy Thursday night but not just with trick-or-treaters.

"If we have bad weather, the bad weather itself will cause us to answer a lot of calls," Sheriff Johnson said.

His department recommends people stay inside Thursday.

"Please find somewhere that has a controlled environment inside out of the weather where your kids can still enjoy it, but mainly be safe," Sheriff Johnson said.

Cindy Childs, The Mall at Barnes Crossing's marketing director, says there is an alternative for parents looking to keep their children safe this Halloween.

The mall is hosting its annual trick or treat event Thursday night.

"A lot of people want to come into a nice, safe, dry environment where the kids can have fun, but you don't have to worry about, 'Oh they're going to get too cold or we have to put a coat over their cute costume,'" Childs said.

Ring has been taking her children to the mall for Halloween the past couple years.

"They have fun. It's safe," Ring said. "I'm not worried about cars running over them."

Ring said her children do not notice a difference.
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