Halloween festivities set for Wednesday night

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2007

THE DEMOPOLIS TIMES

City officials in both Demopolis and Linden said Monday Halloween festivities are set for Wednesday evening.

Sam Gross at Demopolis City Hall confirmed trick or treating should be done from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Halloween night. Bruce Ward from Linden City Hall said trick or treating is best done before 9 p.m.

Sgt. Tim Soronen of the Demopolis Police Department offered these suggestions for how to keep everyone safe this Halloween:

Risky Roadways

Children become careless from excitement and may run into the road.

Dusk is the time of poorest visibility for drivers. Try to trick or treat while it is still daylight.

Choose a costume that is easy to walk in, easy to see out of and can be seen by car drivers.

If the trick or treating lasts into the night, wear a light colored costume.

Use reflective tape on the costume for additional visibility.

Dangerous Dress

Loose costumes, oversized bags or unsafe shoes can cause falls or accidents.

Masks reduce vision.

Sharp or pointed toy weapons are unsafe.

If wearing a mask, choose one that is cool, comfortable and easy to see out of. Take off the mask before crossing the street. Better yet, wear make-up instead of a mask.

Frightful Flames

Billowing costumes are dangerous around an open flame.

Flowing false-hair wigs are unsafe around candles.

Wigs and costumes should be made of non-flammable materials.

Use a flashlight. It makes children more visible and lights their way.

Treacherous Treats

It&8217;s sad, but true, some people wish to cause harm. Treats must be checked for potential poisoning or unsafe objects.

All fruit should be washed and cut into small pieces to make sure nothing has been placed inside.

Unpackaged items such as popcorn or small candies should be discarded.

Candy with loose or torn wrappings should also be discarded.

If you should discover anything wrong with the treats brought home, report it to the police department so other parents may be warned and the people responsible caught.