West Asheville Halloween event in search of volunteers


This annual West Asheville Halloween bash is looking for volunteers. Read on for the full press release:

Neighbors in West Asheville are coming together to assemble the fourth closing of the popular neighborhood street for children and families 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 Sunny Point Café on Haywood Road in West Asheville, and through online donations. This helps to supplement the residents who are hit the hardest by the thousands of costumed children and families.

Volunteers are greatly needed this year 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.

This Halloween occurs on a Monday, Oct. 31, and 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 Road.

“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, 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.

For further information, there is a website which can accept donations and take volunteer sign ups. Organizers can be contacted through email. Facebook: Email: westashevillewatch@gmail.com and VermontAveHalloween.com