Anticipation builds for Halloween events
October 28, 2013, 6:49 pm by Alexandria Randolph
The night of ghouls and goblins approaches, and there are several tips to keep in mind when trick-or-treating this Thursday.
Horseshoe Bay Police Chief Bill Lane said on Halloween night, the early birds are the safe birds.
"Get it done early. There’s no reason for trick-or-treaters to be out after 9 p.m. at the latest,” he said.
Lane suggested that trick-or-treaters bring flashlights and use reflective clothing.
"Younger children need to have adults accompany them,” he said. "At least to the point where the parent can see the child... They should not be dropped off.”
Lane also said parents should be mindful of children crossing the street, especially when wearing masks that can impair vision.
When it comes to candy, "anything unwrapped should be thrown away,” Lane said. "Kids need to let adults take a look at their candy before eating it.”
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children suggests the additional tips: plan a route ahead of time, and make sure children know their parent’s cell phone number and how to call 911. For more tips, visit the organization’s blog page.
For an alternative to trick-or-treating, there are several activities taking place on Halloween night. Cottonwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its first annual Haunted House at 610 Birch Lane on Oct. 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $3 and will benefit the department.
Trick or Treat on Main Street in Bertram starts at 5:30 p.m., and A Marley Halloween event will take place at 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Parent Resource Center in Burnet. The Hill Country Fellowship will be hosting their Trunk or Treat in the church parking lot from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Epicenter in Burnet will also be hosting their Fall Festival on Halloween night from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, and the Hoover Valley Baptist Church will have their Trunk or Treat from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
An independent study by Tada!, a website that reports on online retail trends, shows that 17 percent of people nationwide attend a Halloween party to celebrate the scary holiday and 15 percent take kids trick or treating.
When dressing to impress this Halloween, keep these statistics in mind: 38 percent of adults will be wearing a costume in honor of the day, and out of those, only 31 percent will wear their costume both day and night.
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