Trick or treat times have been set for the cities of Adairville, Auburn, Lewisburg and Russellville. Officials are asking for parents and guardians who take their little ones out this year to be mindful of streets and traffic, as well as looking out for children who go door-to-door trick-or-treating.
This year trick-or-treating in Russellville will be from 4:30-7 p.m. Adairville will also be from 4:30-7 p.m. Lewisburg will be from 5-8 p.m. and Auburn from 5-8 p.m.
But if you plan on taking your little monster to some of Russellville’s prime neighborhoods for trick or treating, you are asked to be careful where you park your vehicle.
Certain subdivisions like the Greens, Chapman, Longview and Brookhaven can get really congested,” said Russellville Police Chief Victor Shifflett. “People will park on the streets and if they do it on both sides, it really narrows down the passage for vehicles to get through. And that creates a little bit of a hazard when it is so congested.”
Other events going on Halloween night include the annual “Fun Fest 2015” put on by Crossroads Church which will be held Saturday, Oct. 31st at 4 p.m. at 145 Crossroads Way in Russellville. The event has been held for years and has supplied a safe, fun place for children and their families to go during Halloween.
This year’s Fun Fest event, which is free, will feature games, bounce houses, music, food, prizes and candy. There will be fun for the whole family.
“It’s an important mission for Crossroads Church to get out into the community and share the love of Jesus Christ, said pastor Chris Cowan. “We have been doing this for 15 years. Jesus connects with the world and we at Crossroads want to connect with our community. We want our community to feel the love and comfort of Jesus and what better way then to come together and do just that.”
The City of Auburn is partnering with the Auburn Police Department to add to the night by having a “Scare on the Square,” spook house and trick-or-treating. On Oct. 31 from 5-8 p.m. at the old Auburn City Hall building on 106 Spring Street, kids will be greeted with a scary walk through with treats at the end if you dare. For smaller children, treats are available to those who don’t want to tour the spook house. This event is free of charge.
Top safety tips for parents from Safe Kids:
Cross the street safely at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street. Don’t use mobile devices, especially while crossing the street.
Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
Slow down and stay alert. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up, and never dart out into the street or cross in between parked cars.
Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision; instead choose nontoxic face paint and make-up whenever possible. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers — especially if it rains.
Top safety tips for drivers:
Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Never text while driving.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.