Local ghosts and goblins, cowboys, wizards and princesses will have plenty of time for trick or treating on Halloween.
Trick or treating will take place in Williamsburg and in Whitley County on Monday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Trick or treating hours for Corbin downtown merchants will take place from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on Monday.
Trick or treating at Corbin residences will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. Monday.
Trick or treating hours in Jellico are from 5 – 8 p.m. Monday.
Local trick or treaters and those sharing the streets with them need to remember some simple safety tips, according to Kentucky State Police.
“Halloween is a cherished tradition but the excitement of the night can cause children to forget to be careful,” state police noted in a release. “There is no real ‘trick’ to making Halloween a real treat for the entire family. The major dangers are not from witches and spirits but rather from falls and pedestrian/car crashes.”
Below are some safety tips for adults and youngsters so they can enjoy the special night:
• Make sure your child carries a flashlight, glowstick or has reflective tape on their costume to make them more visible.
• Younger children should be accompanied by an adult or older responsible youth.
• Instruct your children not to eat any treats until an adult has checked them.
• Make sure your child is able to see out of their mask properly and can walk in their costume without tripping.
• Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
• Establish a return time.
• Plan and discuss the route trick or treaters intend to follow and know the names of older children’s companions.
• Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address and phone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.
• Inspect your child’s candy before they eat it. Discard any unwrapped or suspicious looking goodies. If your child does get sick, call your doctor or the hospital emergency room immediately and save all wrappers. It is also helpful to determine what he or she ate and where it came from.
• Talk to your children about ‘stranger-danger’ and the safety precautions when around someone they do not know.
Kentucky State Police also remind those driving on Halloween to be extra cautious of our small pedestrians and to watch out for children darting from between parked cars, or children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
Homeowners are advised to leave a porch light on to let the little goblins know they are welcome, and should consider confining household pets during trick or treating.