Treat times given
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The bewitching hours for most of Ripley Countys little
hobblins and gobblins will be between 5 and 7 p.m. on Halloween
night, Wednesday, October 31.
Every town has set the hours children will trick or treat for
October 31 from 5-7 p.m. with these exceptions: Friendship will
host beggars on October 30 from 5-7 p.m. and Sunman will welcome
trick or treaters on Halloween night, October 31, just a half
hour later than the others, making their time 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Some towns will follow with parades and parties such as Holton,
Versailles and Osgood.
While deciding what costume to wear is the biggest decision a
child has, parents will have other concerns. To make sure everyone
has a safe, memorable Halloween, Ray Palermo, director of public
information for the Teachers Insurance Plan, offers some
Trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult
or travel in a group.
Children should be told not to eat any unwrapped candy
or treats until they return home where their parents can see them.
Make sure children have eaten before heading out.
Parents should incorporate reflective tape in costumes
or add bright colors to increase visibility. Make-up rather than
masks should be worn to help ensure that children have an unobstructed
view of their surroundings.
Trick-or-treaters should always cross at corners and look
both ways before crossing.
Drivers need to keep a careful eye on the road and on the
sidewalk, in case anyone darts out from between parked cars.
Drivers need to be particularly careful at dusk and when
driving either over a hill or around a curve, where visibility
is limited. Use high beams to see and be seen.
Children should stay on the sidewalk or if none is available,
walk facing the lane of traffic, and they should carry a flashlight.
Homeowners should clear their yards of anything that can
be tripped over and be sure to have a front door or walkway light
on. Refrain from decorations that use an open flame that could
ignite a childs costume.
Just remember children will be in every neighborhood on Halloween
night, so drivers should take extra precaution.