On Thursday, Oct. 31, Adairsville Downtown Development Authority invites youth to don their favorite costumes during Trick or Treat on the Square from 4 to 6 p.m.
“It’s been going on for several years now and it’s grown in popularity over the years,” said Susan Gilmore, chair of the Adairsville DDA. “It’s not only for children, but it’s also pet-friendly. So it’s a family-oriented event, just to get people to come downtown and explore our historic little square.
“We’ve included this year, not just the downtown merchants but also our banks and dentist’s office and other businesses in town are coming also,” she said, adding about 300 people attended last year’s offering. “[During the event], different merchants will be passing out candy. We’ll have free hot dogs. ... You can have a picture in costume for $5 [and] our museum will be open.”
While families flock to Adairsville’s historic square Halloween night, children also will be enjoying a Trunk-or-Treat event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Emerson City Hall’s parking lot. Courtesy of Connect Church, the activities will include games, inflatables, free hot dogs, hamburgers, photo booths and candy.
As parents start seeking out Halloween-related events, Sgt. Jonathan Rogers with the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office finds organized gatherings like these to be a “safer option” to trick-or-treating door to door.
“Number one, you take away the unknown of whose house are you at or is this a safe place to be or is this a safe neighborhood,” Rogers said. “Plus, the second thing I believe makes it safer is you’re not being exposed to the traffic like you would in a neighborhood from cars backing out of driveways or pulling into driveways or driving slow, watching their kids. They may not be watching for other kids.
“... I think kids are more likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year just because they’re excited. They are running from door to door. Even if you’re in a neighborhood, running across a driveway should be treated like crossing the street. They have to watch both ways and always try to have something visible on them. A lot of Halloween costumes are darker in color and non-reflective. At least give them a bag that’s reflective or a flashlight or glow stick, so that they can be visible.”
The American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia also is providing safety tips for young trick-or-treaters.
According to a press release from the organization’s executive director, Jeffrey Putnam, “... the American Red Cross would like everyone to stay safe when they don their costumes and go out to Trick-or-Treat.
“Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents, so the Red Cross is offering the following tips to help make this Halloween safe:
• Look for flame-resistant costumes.
• Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
• Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
• Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door — never go inside.
• Instead of masks, which can cover the eyes and make it hard to see, consider using face paint.
• Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
• Be cautious around pets and any other animals.”