Floyd County children will be trick-or-treating on Halloween, following directives issued by the Prestonsburg City Council and Floyd County Judge-Executive’s Office.
Last week, Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall issued an order that trick-or-treat hours would be observed from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Prestonsburg City Council voted Monday to observe trick-or-treat at the same time.
In past years, local governments have moved trick-or-treat when Halloween has fallen on a Wednesday, because many churches have Wednesday evening services. But Mayor Jerry Fannin said he had sought advice from local churches and heard no objection to trick-or-treat being held on Wednesday evening.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers families the following tips to ensure a safe Halloween:
• Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
• Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
• Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.
• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.