COMMUNITY HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019
The Riverdale Youth City Council is sponsoring their annual Community Halloween Party. We will once again be doing a pumpkin walk in Riverdale 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 (including a picture booth) and treats for the family in the Community Center. The free event will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 4360 S. Parker Drive. Costumes are welcome but not required.
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.