Costumes, candy and carved pumpkins are all part of Halloween fun. In Hamilton County, there are many options when it comes to celebrating the spooky day. 
On Halloween, official trick-or-treat hours in Noblesville will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Carmel and Westfield’s official hours are 5-8 p.m., and trick-or-treating in Fishers is 6-8 p.m.
If going home-to-home, please remember to keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls. Using make up instead of a mask is also a good option for little ones. Children also need to be reminded not to enter homes or cars of strangers.
For others in our community, please remember there will be increased foot traffic on Halloween night. Drivers need to be on the lookout for pedestrians, drive slowly and avoid being distracted by cell phones. Local police departments will have extra patrols during official trick-or-treat hours in order to provide additional security, and we can all do our part to ensure Halloween night is safe for everyone.
Before it’s too late, enjoy fall colors depicted by local artists and stop by Fishers City Hall before the end of the month to view the exhibit, Indiana’s Bountiful Harvest. Join Westfield’s Historic Underground Railroad Ghost Walk on Halloween night or on Nov. 9. This is a walking tour filled with stories of ghosts of the Underground Railroad, modern-day gangsters and spirits of Westfield. Please note reservations are required.
For those who have not yet found that perfect pumpkin, there are a couple of days left to visit Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch, Spencer Farm Pumpkin Patch and Hayride, and Stuckey Farm Harvest Fall Festival and Market, or Stonycreek Farm’s Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival before autumn-related activities conclude.
I’m excited for all of those who are anticipating some frightening fun on Halloween. An evening dressed as a favorite superhero, animal or princess while collecting favorite treats is exciting, and those of us who get to hand out goodies while checking out all of the costumes are also in for some fun. Let’s all do our part to ensure everyone is safe on the spookiest night of the year.
-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