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Kindred Plans Annual Family Friendly Halloween Party Downtown
“Dawg’s Safe Trick or Treat,” presented by Kindred Communications, for children’s of all ages and their parents occurs that night from 6-8 p.m. It has been sponsored for 22 years by “The Dawg, 93.7 FM,” and is now presented by the entire Kindred Communications family of local radio stations as well as by city and county officials and local businesses.
Held continuously since "Safe Trick or Treat" back in 1992, the DAWG's event is one of the area’s oldest family style gatherings, and the longest running single event in the history of Kindred Communications.
“I reached out to then Huntington Mayor Bobby Nelson, and Bobby liked the idea right from the start,” Mike Kirtner, President of Kindred Communications said. “Within a couple of weeks, we began providing local children with safe treats for Halloween, compliments of the City of Huntington and Cabell County officials as well as community-minded businesses.”
“Throughout the years, various Huntington mayors — Cabell Co. sheriffs — Cabell County commissioners — and Huntington’s police chiefs have all been a part of the festivities, where children and parents slowly wind through dozens of tables set on the lawn of the courthouse and along Eighth Street, which is blocked off from traffic for the event.
“The idea for the promotion came from allowing our young people see our a different side of law enforcement and elected officials,” Kirtner said, “while enjoying a great childhood tradition in a safe, fun environment. It is fun to watch the children’s interaction with those officials, and we’ve had several mayors appear in costume, making the event even more fun.
“Best of all, area parents can enjoy Trick or Treat without worrying about the safety of the children when running across streets from house to house, or any danger from treats of unknown origin, all within the protected confines of the City Hall and the Cabell County Courthouse area. The event always delivers all sorts of fun Halloween events and, best of all, it is free, thanks to all the great sponsors who make it possible.”
2013’s edition of “The Dawg’s Safe Trick or Treat” will begin at 6 p.m. The event is located on Eighth Street between Huntington’s City Hall and the Cabell County Courthouse, an area blocked off from traffic stretching from Fourth to Fifth Avenue in downtown Huntington.
Jeff “The Crawdawg of the Dead” Crawford of The Dawg, 93.7 FM (see below) will broadcast live from the event from 4-7 p.m. At 6 p.m., the annual appearance of “The Spooky DJ” will provide musical entertainment throughout the evening and nearly 5,000 children will be given treats, including candy, gift certificates for additional treats from local businesses and officials as well as other special giveaways.
Kindred Communications includes The Dawg 93.7 FM; The Planet 92.7 FM and 98.5 FM; SuperTalk 94.1 FM and AM 930 WRVC; Hits 97.9 FM; Big Buck Country 101.5 FM; ESPN Radio 1340 AM; Herd Insider magazine, covering Marshall University athletics; and Kindred Konnects, for internet solutions for businesses and at home.