PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg City Council voted Monday to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 30.
Trick-or-treat will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on that day. This will end the activity before it gets too dark and was timed to allow area families to attend the annual Halloween show at the Mountain Arts Center, which will commence at 7:30 p.m. and feature the Kentucky Opry. Children are encouraged to attend in costume. There will be prizes in several categories for the best outfits.
"Family Guide Kentucky" has published a family safety guideline to celebrating Halloween. First up is how to trick-or-treat safely with some helpful hints on costuming. Costumes should be flame resistant and sport a label saying so. Nontoxic face paint is a good alternative for masks, which often block peripheral vision. Costumes and goody bags should be brightly colored for greater visibility. Emergency identification information should be securely fastened to the costume. Always carry flashlights.
The trick-or-treat route children take should be carefully adhered to and mapped out in advance. If your children are going out alone or with another adult, make sure to be accessible and near a working phone. Giving an older child a cell phone for the evening is recommended. Insist children stay on well-lit streets and only approach houses with outdoor lights running.
Candy rules are tough, but some tips are offered. First off, send children out with a full stomach. Children should be encouraged to not eat food items, like fruit or open drinks, that are offered to them. Try to apportion treats for the days following Halloween and encourage children to bring all treats home for inspection before consuming them.
There are also some hints offered for those who stay home to give out treats. First, one should always consider fire safety measures before decorating. Take an extra minute to check around your porch for tripping hazards. Keep outdoor lights on to let children know that they are welcome. Lastly, make sure to confine pets who may be spooked by all of the noises and visitors who will be visiting your home.