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home : columnists : columnists November 18, 2017

A scary, yet safe, Halloween

By Kathy Kreag Richardson
Indiana State Representative, District 29

Pint-sized ghosts, zombies, princesses and action heroes will soon be invading Noblesville. With Halloween approaching, let's remember to stay safe and follow these tips provided by the Indiana State Police as we have some scary fun.

When it comes to costumes, remember length is important to prevent trips and falls. Using make-up instead of a mask could help prevent the obstruction of vision. Scraped knees and elbows, especially with the younger children, can really spoil a good time. To help motorists spot trick-or-treaters, consider wearing light colors or reflective tape on costumes.

While trick-or-treating, traveling in groups is encouraged and knowing the routes older children are taking with their friends is important. Only stop at familiar homes where outside lights are on. Trick-or-treat hours in Noblesville will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31, so there will be children out after dark. A flashlight is recommended as well as traveling in well-lit areas. Motorists, please use extra care and be mindful of the increased pedestrian traffic.

It's very important to make sure trick-or-treaters know not to ever enter the homes or cars of strangers.

This next tip can be a bit "tricky," with the ISP reminding children not to eat treats until they get home so that the treats can be inspected. Unopened candies and other treats in original wrappers are of course less suspicious.

Various groups in our community are also offering safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating, which are designed to keep children within the view of guardians. On Friday, Oct. 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., there will be a Family Halloween Party at Forest Park. Also that night, the Nickel Plate District will be hosting Boo Bash with games, raffles and candy.

Noblesville Parks is sponsoring Witches Brew at Federal Hill Commons on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 7-10 p.m., with music and an adult-only costume contest. Food and drinks will be available to purchase from local breweries and vendors. The Urban Chalkboard offers Halloween Howl from 10 a.m. to noon that same day.

Several local churches will be hosting trunk or treat events, like Green Valley Church of Christ on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Trinity Baptist Church and the First Presbyterian Church are hosting trunk-or-treating on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m.

In addition, the Noblesville First United Methodist Church is hosting trunk-or-treating on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 5:30 p.m., and the First Christian Church of Noblesville offers trunk-or-treating that same day at 6 p.m.

Information about these and other Halloween events, including those for adults, can be found online at visithamiltoncounty.com.

I look forward to seeing all of the costumes and trick-or-treaters enjoying the holiday. Please keep these tips in mind this Halloween as you have some scary, yet safe, fun.

Kathy Kreag Richardson is a Republican State Representative from District 29, which includes Noblesville, and has served in the legislature since 1992. She also is the elections administrator for Hamilton County. You may contact her at h29@in.gov.

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