Use common sense on Halloween

Published 8:43 pm Monday, October 29, 2012

Only one more day until children and adults around town will don costumes and transform their features into those of sweet and spooky characters.

We urge everyone to remember that while Halloween is a fun family celebration, please don’t forget to use your common sense.

If you’re driving around town and through neighborhoods on Wednesday evening, take extra precaution, as children and families may be walking in unlit areas. Drive slow and be on the lookout for monsters and small children on the loose.

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If you or your children are going to be trick-or-treating remember to stay in groups. Go to well-lit houses and stick to familiar areas. When going door-to-door, don’t go inside anyone’s house you don’t know.

Parents, go through your children’s Halloween candy with them when you return home. Look for suspicious, unmarked candies and throw them away.

If you do not celebrate Halloween and you don’t want trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell all night, we suggest that you turn out your house lights.

Also, remember that too much candy can make you sick. This year, all the candy you don’t eat can be dropped off at Wood Orthodontics the day after Halloween. The collected candy will be shipped through Operation Gratitude to U.S. service men and women in Iraq. Children who donate their candy will receive cash prizes.

If you’re still looking for fun Halloween events to enjoy, why not dress up and participate in the Monster March Fall Festival at 4 p.m. The march starts at the library and leads children to the Times-Journal where they will have their picture taken.

The bottom line is have fun, and please be safe.