The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 31, 2013

Area trick-or-treat hours

And safety tips

Area trick-or-treat hours

Here are trick-or-treat hours (all are today) for The Register-Herald’s circulation area:

-- Raleigh County:     

Beckley: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Lester: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Mabscott: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rhodell: unavailable

Sophia: 5 to 7 p.m. Tailgate from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

-- Fayette County:     

Meadow Bridge: 6 to 8 p.m.

Montgomery: 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under

Mount Hope: 6 to 8 p.m.

Oak Hill: 6 to 8 p.m.

Smithers: 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Ansted: 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under

Fayetteville: 6 to 8 p.m.

Gauley Bridge: 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under

Thurmond: 6 to 8 p.m., 12 and under; Town Hall and Post Office are giving out candy

Pax: unavailable

Winona: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

-- Greenbrier County:

Alderson: 6 to 8 p.m.

Lewisburg: 6 to 8 p.m.

Quinwood: 6 to 8 p.m.

Rainelle: 6 to 8 p.m.

Renick: unavailable

Ronceverte: 6 to 8 p.m.

Rupert: 6 to 8 p.m.;

Hot dogs and treats at Rupert Park; 12 and under

White Sulphur Springs: 6 to 8 p.m.

-- Monroe County:    

Peterstown: 6 to 8 p.m.,

12 and under

Union: unavailable

-- Nicholas County:       

Richwood: 6 to 8 p.m.

Summersville: 6 to 8 p.m.

-- Summers County:    

Hinton: 6 to 8 p.m.

-- Wyoming County:

Mullens: 6 to 8 p.m.

Oceana: 6 to 8 p.m.

Tricks, treats and safety

Get your goodie bags ready. Trick-or-treat time is here! Trick-or-treat is a special time for children of all ages, be they dressing up and running from door to door for candy or passing out sweets to monsters and princesses. Staying safe is the key to ensuring that everyone has a good evening.

Attorney General Morrisey offered these tips:

Tips for parents:

-- Make sure all costumes are flame resistant.

-- Avoid baggy costumes, or costumes with large masks that could make it harder for children to walk or see their surroundings.

-- Be careful of fake swords, guns and knives. Even though not real, they can still pose a hazard.

-- Create a trick-or-treat plan with your kids showing where they can go, if they are old enough to go alone. Accompany your kids whenever possible. Have older kids stay in a group, and ensure at least one of them has a cell phone on them that they can use if needed.

Tips for kids:

-- Carry a flashlight and place reflective tape on your costume and goodie bag so you can be seen.

-- Only go to homes of people you know, and visit only the homes with porch lights on.

-- Never go into a home or vehicle to get candy.

-- Avoid walking in alleys, through people’s yards and taking “short cuts.” If you live in an area without sidewalks, walk on the far left side of the street.

-- Never accept unwrapped or open candy.

-- Even if you can see a car, the driver may not be able to see you, so avoid all vehicles.

Tips for adults handing out candy:

-- Make sure your house is well lit.

-- Never invite a child or children into your home, apartment or townhouse.

-- Avoid giving toys and novelty items that could pose a choking hazard to young children

-- Make the path to your home doesn’t have any decorations trick-or-treaters could trip on.

— Associate Press