The celebration of Halloween is now
slated for Saturday, Oct. 30 in Sweetwater. Earlier, city officials
had said they could not discourage trick or treating on Sunday, but
now plans are to facilitate trick or treating on Saturday instead of
Sunday. The Police Department will block off Mayes Avenue for added
safety on Saturday, Many other towns in the area, including
Madisonville, have plans for Halloween events on Saturday as well.
The Downtown Madisonville Assocation's
annual Halloween celebration is set to begin at 5 p.m. at the
Courthouse on Saturday. The Madisonville Police Department will host
a haunted house sponsored by the Madisonville branch of Volunteer
Safety experts contend Halloween should
be scary and fun, not scary and dangerous. American Medical Response (AMR) is dedicated to injury and illness prevention and wants to
remind everyone to be safe on Halloween. Dressing your
trick-or-treaters safely and carefully planning your evening increase
the likelihood of an injury-free Halloween. AMR medics recommend the
following tips for a safe and fun holiday:
-Parents should help select costumes. Be sure the material is flame retardant and warm and sturdy enough
to take lots of activity.
-Leave the child's face
unobstructed. If a trick-or-treater wears a hat, be sure it fits
well and doesn't block vision. Safe "goblins" wear make-up on
their faces, rather than masks or helmets that are hard to see, hear
or breathe through.
-Stripe the costume with highly
reflective tape front and back to make the trick-or-treater easier to
see in the dark. Don't let children wear a dark costume or
-Require that children wear flat
shoes that fit well, without heels. Avoid over-sized shoes such as
clown costume shoes.
-NEVER let children trick-or-treat by
themselves. ALWAYS make sure a child is accompanied by an adult.
-Trick-or-treat in well-lighted
areas. Make sure each child has a flashlight to assist with walking
from house to house.
-Stay on the sidewalk and walk facing
traffic. Cross streets only at intersections. Don't jump ditches. Stay alert.
-Approach only those homes with porch
lights or other front lights on.
-Do not allow children to eat any
treats until the group has returned home and an adult has examined
the contents of each bag.
-Do not eat anything that is even
slightly suspicious. For example, look for commercially wrapped candy
that may have been unwrapped and then re-wrapped.
American Medical Response Inc. (www.amr.net), America's leading provider of medical
transportation, provides services in 38 states and the District of