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Community Halloween events scheduled

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By Calen McKinney

 

Ghosts, princesses and super heroes will roam the streets on Wednesday, looking for something sweet to eat.

Taylor County will observe trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 8 p.m. and several churches and organizations have planned special events.
Officers from Campbellsville Police Department and Taylor County Sheriff’s Office will be out with extra patrol on

Wednesday night to make sure children stay safe.

Q-104 and local law enforcement, fire and emergency services personnel will again host a Halloween bash from 5 to 7 p.m. at Taylor County Elementary School.

Officers will be on hand to provide safety information and pass out candy and glow sticks, and a photographer will offer photos for $3, with $1 going toward the Toys for Tots fundraiser.

Campbellsville/Taylor County Downtown Business Association will again participate in trick-or-treat hours on Main Street from 3 to 5 p.m. Businesses participating will have a pumpkin decal displayed in their window.

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton said many children attend community Halloween events, with not as many going door-to-door as in previous years.

Newton said such events are more convenient for parents and keep children in a safe and controlled climate.

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said a scare several years ago that foreign objects were being put in Halloween candy might have made people avoid going door to door for treats.

“I think most families are now more selective,” he said, and some choose to only visit the homes of family members and friends.

Hazlette said his officers will be patrolling on Wednesday night, especially around Lebanon Avenue, a popular place for trick-or-treaters.

“We’re gonna work on having a high presence there,” he said.

Newton said there will be more deputies on duty on Halloween night than for a typical night, though he believes people pulling tricks isn’t as prevalent as it once was. That might be because more officers are patrolling, he said.

“And everybody knows it.”

To stay safe on Halloween night, Newton suggests that trick-or-treaters walk down one side of a street and have a parent or guardian drive them to the other side. He said trick-or-treaters should avoid trying to cross the street. They should also wear clothing that is reflective or illuminated.

Hazlette suggests that parents watch their children closely and be sure to check for traffic when crossing the street. He said there is typically a lot of movement on Halloween night.

Hazlette said law enforcement officers are there to provide some security, but parents should also keep a close eye on their children.

“We can’t take the place of the parents,” he said. “We can’t be the central supervision of their children. I’m not sure that’s what our role is.”

Hazlette said he recommends that children don’t go to houses that don’t have their front lights illuminated.

Having the lights on, he said, means that the homeowner or occupant is participating in trick-or-treating and has candy. If the lights aren’t on, those at home might not want visitors, he said.

Hazlette also recommends that children carry glow sticks, some of which can last for several hours, or flashlights.

“It’s money well spent,” he said.

Hazlette said trick-or-treaters should dress in light colors so vehicles can see them. State law prevents those who are age 12 or 13 and older from shielding their face with a costume, he said.

“Just use your head,” Hazlette said. “This is not about how much candy [you get].”