or Treat times set
What will you be for Halloween?
are you going to be for Halloween? Area children pose this question
to their friends while making preparations for an evening of trick-or-treating,
parties, parades and costume contests.
The festivities in Versailles will begin on Thursday, October
29 from 5-7 p.m. A parade and costume contest will be sponsored
by the Versailles American Legion with prizes going to the scariest,
prettiest, the most original, as well as other categories.
Osgood, Milan, Holton and Napoleon will conduct trick-or-treat
on Saturday, October 31 from 5-7 p.m. Trick-or-treat for Sunman
residents will also be on October 31 from 6-8 p.m.
The Osgood American Legion will sponsor a parade beginning shortly
after the candy collecting has ended in front of the Osgood Town
Hall. There will also be a costume judging contest and treats
for the participants.
The ghosts and goblins living in Napoleon will have the chance
to attend a party at the Napoleon Senior Center at 7 p.m. There
will also be a costume judging contest, according to town clerk/treasurer
The Sunman American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a costume contest
before trick-or-treat begins from 5-6 p.m. at the American Legion
on Eastern Avenue.
While going from door to door demanding tricks or treats
from the neighbors is fun for the children, it is also important
to remember the following safety tips.
When choosing a costume, consider using make-up rather than a
mask in order to ensure that the child will be able to see to
cross the roads. If using a mask, make sure the eye holes allow
for good side vision and that the mask does not interfere with
Well-fitting, sturdy shoes are a must for walking. Shorten the
costume so that the child will not trip especially when crossing
the street. When purchasing a costume, look for tags that indicate
that it is fireproof and that has reflective materials. Reflective
tape can be purchased and placed on the costumes, bags and shoes
to make the child more visible to motorists in the fading, evening
Parents should plan a safe route for their children and plan to
stop at familiar homes. It is important that parents accompany
their young children. Unattended children can become a safety
issue, according to Milan Town Marshal Gary Skaggs. I would
like to see parents or guardians walking with the children,
Other common safety issues should be kept in mind while having
fun. Remind children to never go into a strangers home or
vehicle or to stray away from the group. A flashlight will help
to show the way as the sun goes down as well as allowing motorists
to see the group walking down the street.
Motorists should also be aware of the above hours of this time-honored
event in Ripley County and be on the look out for children crossing
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
passing by 114 E. 1st North Street in Versailles, don't
be afraid. There are friendly ghosts and goblins in the
front yard to greet you. Maestro is at the piano and (not
pictured) to the right of the piano is a coffin that opens
and shuts and more Halloween fun. Many places throughout
the county have gone all out to decorate their yards and