With Halloween trick or treating just days away, it is important to ensure kids are going out with a plan. Setting boundaries ahead of time provides for more trick-or-treating fun for everyone and keeps it fun by keeping it safe.
Morgantown Trick or Treat Safety
There are a few safety measures that most parents take every year, such as carrying a flashlight, wearing glow sticks, not eating unwrapped candy, and providing costumes and shoes that fit well. These are truly important. However, there are other things to take into consideration that sometimes are overlooked by parents.
Choosing a costume: Choose well-fitting costumes made of fire resistant materials, such as polyester and nylon, and have a Flame Resistant label. Wear comfortable shoes good for walking long distances. Use makeup rather than a slip-on mask for greater ability to see traffic and obstacles. Should children insist on a "real" mask, make certain it fits well and that eyeholes are large enough so the child can see clearly.
Making them shine: Make sure children are visible to traffic. Have everyone carry a flashlight to increase visibility to drivers, and use reflective tape on costumes by adding it to the front, back, hems, and sleeves. Glow necklaces and glow sticks are also another fun way to aid in visibility.
Keeping them together: Children should never trick-or-treat alone. Young kids need to be chaperoned by an adult, and older children should at least have one partner. Larger packs of kids are even better and more fun. Plan a route, and ensure children stick to it and don't venture into unknown territories.
Checking out the goods: Check candy before kids eat it. Inspect for tampering, such as discoloration, torn wrappers, tiny holes, or anything unusual. Throw out suspicious items.
Reminding kids of stranger danger: Remind children to never enter the home or vehicle of someone they don't know, even if candy is being offered. Only visit well-lit houses. When going door-to-door, use sidewalks rather than the road whenever possible. If walking on the road, stay on the far edge facing traffic so drivers will see the children more easily. Remind children to look both ways when crossing the street, and to use crosswalks when available.
Planning a party: One great way of keeping the fun contained and safe is to plan a party for the neighbors. That way, the neighborhood hike is shortened and the kids can have fun at home with their friends. Fun, easy, and safe!
Monongalia, Preston, and Marion County Trick or Treat Schedules:
- A Trick or Treat Tailgate will be held on Saturday, October 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at Palatine Park.
- A Spooktacular Trunk or Treat will be held at the Walmart in Fairmont on Sunday, October 23 from 3-5 p.m.
- The city of Fairmont will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 6:30-8 p.m.
- The town of Monongah will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 6-7:30 p.m.
- The town of Grant Town will have a Halloween parade at 6 p.m. on Monday, October 31 followed by Trick or Treat from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and pizza and treats at the Community Building from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
- Four States will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m.
- Fairmont: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Fairview: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Farmington 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Costume Contest, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Trick or Treating.
- Colfax: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. plus a Halloween Party at the Colfax Community Center at 7:30 p.m.
- Grant Town: Parade 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Trick or Treat at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Halloween Party at 7:30 p.m.
- Mannington: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for kids 12 and under.
- Monongah: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Pleasant Valley 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Rivesville: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Worthington: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- White Hall: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- WVU Cheat Lake Physicians will host 'Trick or Treat at the Cheat' on Friday, October 21.
- The Morgantown Mall will hold 'Malloween' on Thursday, October 27.
- WVU will hold Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 28 at the WVU Shell Building from 5-7 p.m.
- Suncrest Towne Centre will hold a Trick or Treat event on Saturday, October 29.
- The town of Granville will hold a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29 at 5 p.m. at the Granville Park.
- Triple S. Harley-Davidson will hold a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The city of Morgantown will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Chick-fil-A at Patteson Drive will hold Trunk or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
- The town of Blacksville will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 6-8 p.m. Only houses with porch lights on will be treating, according to town officials.
- 2nd Annual Wow Factory Halloween Party, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Painting, games food and prizes. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3+ with school-age drop-offs, $30 per child. Registration required.
- Main Street Kingwood will hold a Business Trick or Treat function on Thursday, October 27 from 5-6 p.m.
- The town of Terra Alta will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 6-7:30 p.m. They are asking those that are handing out candy to please have their porch lights on.
- The city of Kingwood will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. followed by a party at 7 p.m. at the Craig Civic Center. Citizens are asked to have their porch light on if participating.
- The town of Albright will hold Trick or Treat on Monday, October 31 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. They are asking those that are handing out candy to please have their porch lights on.
And here's another interesting and comprehensive article: A Mother's Complete Guide to Halloween Safety.
Source: WBOY News, North Central West Virginia 2016 Trick-or-Treat Times
By Bethany Butler, Web Producer, October 13, 2016