All good little ghosts, goblins, fairy princesses, Darth Vaders, Supermen and other assorted characters will have the chance to go door-to-door this Friday, October 30, in Scott County, seeking candy treats.
Trick-or-treating is being observed from 6 to 8 p.m. in Austin, and from 6 to 9 p.m. in Scottsburg and Scott County.
The annual parade of costumes and candy is a time of concern for local law enforcement agencies, all of which will call on their officers and reserve members to be out and about on patrols to ensure everyone has a good time.
Halloween in Scott County includes the haunted tour offered in Scottsburg's downtown area by its Scottsburg Main Street association. Many churches are offering trunk-or-treats, where members fill their car trunks with candy and pass them out to young visitors. There are also church parties and services, and the big party at the Scottsburg Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 on South Railroad Street.
In Austin, the Lions Club will have the train depot open, and firemen will be at the station at the corner of North Second and West Main Streets. And there will be treats for all!
For those who enjoy the old-fashioned trick-or-treating adventure, there are a few suggestions to follow that will make the night a good one for everyone to enjoy.
•Make sure youngsters' costumes fit properly. Mask eye holes should be large enough to enable the wearer to see properly, especially if going door-to-door. A good alternative to unwieldy face masks is painting faces. Put reflective tape on costumes (or children's jackets) so that they can be seen by motorists. Wear proper shoes.
•Always take a flashlight to help with finding a safe path to travel. Some neighborhoods don't have sidewalks. That's why a responsible adult should always walk with children going trick-or-treating.
•Never approach a darkened home. People who welcome trick-or-treaters will have their porch lights on. Those who don't wish to participate are advised to keep their lights off.
•Use reflective bags for candy treats. Free decorative bags are now available at the Sheriff's Department. Children should not be allowed to eat any treat they collect until they return home and an adult can check each item for possible tampering.
•Don't go to houses outside your immediate neighborhood. Never go to a house where you are unfamiliar with the residents.
Above all, have fun!