By Wayne Allen
Area communities are making plans to host Trick-or-Treat activities at the end of October.
The Scioto County Commissioners, village of New Boston, and the city of Portsmouth have scheduled Oct. 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as Trick-or-Treat. Greenup County has set Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The city of South Shore has not set a time, but an official said they would go along with what Greenup County has set up.
Main Street Portsmouth has also scheduled Fall-o-Ween activities for Saturday, Oct. 24, in historic Bonneyfiddle. There will be a kids and adult costume contest at 1 p.m. at Ghosts in the Attic, 518 2nd St., in Portsmouth. A Trick-or-Treat is scheduled from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ages 2-12 starting at Ghosts in the Attic.
Various law enforcement end EMS agencies are scheduled to bring their vehicles to the Touch-A-Truck event from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
From 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. there will be haunted ghost tours at Vanity Hair Salon, 212 Market St., in Portsmouth, Registration is required for this event. Tour tickets can be purchased for $7 and extended tour tickets can be purchased for $15. To register or for additional information call Jaquelyn at 740-981-6419.
At 7:30 p.m. the Portsmouth Public Library will host an Outdoor movie on Market Street in Portsmouth.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers safety tips for those participating in Halloween activities. The CDC uses the acronym Safe Halloween.
Swords, knives, and other 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, 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. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
For more information or questions about Fall-o-Ween activities call Main Street Portsmouth at 740-464-0203. For more safety tips for the CDC visit, www.cdc.gov/family/halloween.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT