COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY
The Riverdale Youth City Council is sponsoring their annual Community Halloween Party. This year we will be doing a pumpkin walk in the park. Carve a pumpkin and enter it in our pumpkin walk. Prizes will be given out for the best pumpkins. There will be many Halloween activities and treats for the family in the Community Center. The free event will take place on Saturday, October 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 4360 S. Parker Drive. Costumes are welcome but not required.
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HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
From Riverdale Fire Chief Jared Sholly
Ten Safety Tricks for Halloween
- Trick or Treat During Safe Times No need to wait until it is pitch-black. A good time is just before dusk, this allows you to see and track kids as you encounter them on the streets.
- Masks Limit Visibility Masks limit the vision of a child, which increases the chance of injury multiple folds.
- Be Visible Choose bright color costumes, use glow sticks and flashlights.
- Don’t Go Inside Never enter a home and if home owner is persistent, inform your kids to turn and walk away.
- Avoid Short Cuts Cutting through yards and alleys are simply dangerous and pose many dangers. Always stay where there are plenty of people around.
- Trick or Treat in Areas You Know Be familiar with the area, residents and don’t approach homes without lights on.
- Follow All Traffic Laws Be sure children understand basic traffic laws, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing a street, staying in crosswalks if one is available.
- Designate Times for Older Children Being old enough to trick and treat with friends is a fun and exciting time, but parents should designate a time for their children to return. If your kids have cell phones, use anyone of tracking devices to track kid’s locations.
- Check Candy Before Eating Have kids hold off on eating candy while trick or treating. Allow time for parents to inspect and make sure all is safe to consume.
- Never Go Alone It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times. It is also a good idea to add some emergency identification discreetly to the custom. This would include the child’s name, address and phone number.
Improve your Halloween safety this year by:
Costumes: When choosing a costume, stay away from billowing or long-trailing fabric. If you are making your own costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or flame.
Visibility: Provide children with flashlights to carry for lighting or glow sticks as part of their costumes. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough so he/she can see clearly out of it.
Flammable decorations: Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
Candles / jack-o-lanterns: It is safest to use a glow stick or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. If you use a real candle, use extreme caution. When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter. If you choose to use candle decorations, make sure to keep them well attended at all times. Do not leave them near flammable objects or where trick-or-treaters may walk. Remind your children to avoid open flames. Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit.
Exits: Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.