Make this a safe Halloween

October 28, 2013 

  • Trick-or-treat hours

    Here are trick-or-treating hours in Johnston County and its towns:

    Archer Lodge – no set hours.

    Benson – 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Clayton – 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31

    Four Oaks – 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Johnston County – no set hours.

    Kenly – 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Micro – 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Pine Level – 5-8 p.m. Thurdsay, Oct. 31.

    Princeton – 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Selma – 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Smithfield – from after school to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

    Wilson’s Mills – 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

The following Halloween safety tips are from the auxiliary to American Legion Post 109 in Benson. Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously and pay extra attention when backing out of driveways or turning corners.

• Homeowners should remove any obstacles from lawns and steps to prevent children from falling.

• Keep jack-o’-lanterns that are lit with candles away from where trick-or-treaters walk.

• Avoid giving homemade treats. Store-bought, individually wrapped treats are best.

• If homeowners cannot or do not want to participate, turn off all lights.

• Parents should know the route the children take, make sure they are accompanied by an adult and know all activities the children might participate in. Parents should set a time for everyone to be home.

• Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism.

• Tell children not to eat any treats until a parent or adult has checked them. Make sure children eat before going trick-or-treating so they’re not tempted to eat treats.

• Children should leave for trick-or-treating in time to return before dark.

• Advise children to cross only at corners, walk on the sidewalk and be aware of cars turning into or backing out of driveways.

• Never go into a stranger’s home and only go to houses that have on outdoor lights.

• Costumes should be made of flame-retardant material and bright material so they can easily be seen in the dark.

• Include reflective stripes on costumes or a flashlight so children can be spotted easily.

• With many families experiencing tight budgets, this is a perfect year to begin what could become a fun and money-saving family tradition: Make one-of-a-kind with supplies at home. Brainstorm brainstorm costume ideas, and search closets, the attic and secondhand stores for ideas and supplies. Use children’s dress-up clothes, and mix and match old clothes. This can be a great way to teach our children about having fun, saving money and being creative.

• Design costume so that it is easy to put on and take off and choose makeup over masks that could obstruct vision.

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