Ferguson plans alternate Halloween celebration
FERGUSON (AP) - Concerns over prolonged police shooting protests have prompted a Ferguson civic group to plan an alternative Halloween celebration to take place five days before the actual holiday.
KSDK-TV reports that the group I Love Ferguson has scheduled a pumpkin walk on Sunday afternoon in the Old East Ferguson neighborhood.
Former Ferguson mayor Brian Fletcher, the group's chairman, said he was asked by parents to organize an activity that would replace trick-or-treating for families who didn't want their children to walk outside after dark, or to even open their doors to strangers.
The city in north St. Louis County has been the scene of frequent protests since the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.