Get out the scary masks and the candy!
Halloween falls on Monday night, October 31, this year, and all entities in Scott County will be observing door-to-door trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m.
Lots of locals enjoy visits from tiny princesses, ghosts, Marvel characters and the like each Halloween. Others, however, do not participate.
Those who wish to skip Halloween are asked to keep their porch lights off. Children should never approach a house that is dark.
Youngsters going door-to-door should always be accompanied by a person 18 years old or older, and they should always stay in their neighborhoods and go to houses where they know the residents.
Children should also not eat any treat collected until everything's been inspected and checked for tampering by an adult.
What to wear, what to wear? Every costume should be designed so that it is easy to walk in without tripping. Children are encouraged to use face paint instead of masks which might block vision. Reflective striping on clothing make young goblins easier for motorists to see, too.
Everyone out walking should observe traffic laws and be armed with flashlights.
All police departments and the Sheriff's Department will have extra officers patrolling on Halloween to ensure trick-or-treaters' safety.
Parents who want to opt for other avenues than going door-to-door on Halloween for their children are encouraged to look around their communities and see what ghostly events are being planned for the whole family.
In Austin, the Lions Club will be providing bagged cotton candy for young visitors to the Austin train depot off Morgan Avenue between 6 and 8 p.m.
More information about Austin activities and candy give-aways will be announced closer to Halloween.
Everyone in the family is invited to visit the original Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Station on South Railroad Street on Halloween night for a good time and free eats and treats. Firemen there always have great decorations, hot dogs and, of course, candy.
The firehouse is in easy walking distance of the Scottsburg downtown square, which will again be filled with witches, ghosts and all sorts of organizations and businesses wanting to participate in a family-based event. Individuals are welcome to drive their vehicles to the square and park on Wardell Street between South First and South Main Streets and offer treats from their trunks to young visitors.
Volunteers with the Scott County Heritage Center and Museum will also be downtown distributing candy treats near the old Jeeves restaurant. City Hall will be decorated in scary fashion for visitors as will Hello, Beautiful hair salon. Eastside Art Gallery will be open with activities offered there. Hello, Beautiful and the Eastside Gallery are just ½ block to the east on McClain Avenue (State Road 56).
Additional merchants will also be giving out candy that evening, so the whole family can walk around the square and enjoy the small town atmosphere.