posted on October 31, 2012 12:15
With the high winds blowing debris through Batavia during the storm, many have asked about Halloween Trick or Treating.
In the City of Batavia, Halloween is on for tonight.
Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch offers some safety tips for children and parents.
“Children should wear light-colored clothing," Chief Huebusch said. "They should carry a flashlight or a glow stick to increase their visibility, and if possible, parents can attached reflective tape to the costume to make children more visible, as well as using the sidewalks, as opposed to the streets. When crossing the street, use a signal. Don’t just run out into traffic.”
The official hours for Trick or Treating go from 6 to 9 PM. Heubusch says that pets should be kept inside for the duration of Halloween festivities and advises that children under the age of 12 should not be allowed to go trick-or-treating by themselves.
Batavia Police will be on the streets to ensure the safety of all children.
In LeRoy though, the situation is different. They made the decision earlier in the week to delay the annual Halloween parade and trick-or-treating to Saturday.
Tom McGinnis is a member of the LeRoy Business Council which puts on the event. He says weather and safety was a factor.
“We didn’t want to take a chance with (tree) limps, or kids getting hurt and the weather kept a few people from doing some concrete work – we had some sidewalks torn out (from the storm). With those two factors, we’d rather be safe than sorry," McGinnis said.
McGinnis can see even more positives of the decision, though: parents don’t have to rush home from work and can be involved with getting their children ready for the festivities.