Officials off Halloween safety tips for kids and adults

Come dark of night, come howling snows there's not much that will keep ghosts and goblins off the streets of Craig Saturday night.

Saturday has been established as the official trick-or-treat time in Craig and children are encouraged to hit the streets early in search of sweet confections.

Halloween is fraught with more danger than tooth decay and cavities. In addition to being the holiday that makes dentists cringe, Halloween is also a night law enforcement officers and firefighters are out in force keeping an eye on children's safety and parents are encouraged to join them in keeping the holiday safe for everyone.

There are several safety tips offered by local law enforcement officials, firefighters, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office.

Goblins

It's always better to travel in a group. Besides, it's often more fun.

Cross the street only at intersections and not mid-block.

Wear bright clothing, something visible to people passing in either a car or on foot.

Carry a flashlight it will help light the way and make children more visible to motorists.

Follow well-traveled paths.

Make sure everyone looks both ways before crossing streets and other vehicle routes.

Make sure a costume, including shoes, fits properly to avoid trips and falls. Masks interfere with vision and breathing and should not be worn when walking from house to house. All costumes should be flame resistant.

Discard any homemade or unwrapped treats received.

Never allow children to trick-or-treat alone. Young children should trick-or-treat with an adult. Older children should trick-or-treat with at least two other friends.

Motorists

Watch your speed through neighborhoods and side streets.

Look out for children darting in and out of cars while in costume.

If drinking, make sure you have a designated driver.

Residents

Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.

Place jack-o-lanterns away from the entrance and remove obstacles such as tools, ladders and hoses from steps, porches and lawns.

Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.

Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the Craig Police Department (Call 911 for emergencies, 824-8111 for non-emergencies).

Do not give homemade or unwrapped treats to children.

Halloween activities

The downtown merchants will again sponsor Halloween activities including a free haunted house from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Craig Daily Press. Merchants along Yampa Avenue and portions of Victory Way will hand out candy to children from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Maps of the route and names of participating businesses are available at participating businesses.

The Memorial Hospital will again offer to X-ray candy.

Alternative activities

A Fall Family Fun Festival will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church. There will be games, prizes and refreshments. Admission is free. Call 824-5222 for more information.

The Joyful Noisemakers children's choir at First Christian Church will hold its annual fund-raiser Saturday at the church. The FunFest will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature carnival booths, hot dogs, chili dogs and other foods, a cake walk and a maze. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Non-scary costumes are welcome. For more information, call 824-6024.

The Stone Rollers Drama Team and Craig Assembly of God will present a dramatic production of "The End: Near Death Experiences" at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information or directions, call 824-8224.

The Craig Rural Fire Protection District Ladies Auxiliary will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters at the fire station and firefighters will be out with fire trucks to comb streets to be there for assistance for anyone who needs it.

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