2013-10-31 / Front Page

Chamber and merchants join Halloween festivities

Among the happenings in the City of Lincolnton on Halloween (today), is the annual trick-or-treating flurry on Kelly Street.

According to Meagan Whitehead, administrator of the Lincolnton- Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, “Trick-or-treating will begin around 4:30 or 5 p.m. and then kick up heavily around 5:30 p.m. on Kelly Street, where several of the homes will supply plenty of candy as well as characters.”

She went on to say that the chamber will be joining the festivities by handing out candy on Kelly Street, beginning at approximately 5 p.m.

“The candy will be distributed in goodie bags, designed by Frankie Porter’s art classes at LCES. The bags will also contain extra items donated by some of our local businesses,” noted Whitehead.

In addition, several businesses will be handing out candy, especially for those trick-or-treating in the late afternoon or early evening.

The businesses include: Top Notch Clothing and Shoes, City Pharmacy, B and J Appliance and Signs, Main Street Jewelry and Pawn, Wee Wisdom Little School, the Cooper House, and Goldman and Wengrow.

Participating businesses will be sporting a trick-or-treat door hanger, announcing that goodies are to be found inside.

“We hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled Halloween,” stated Whitehead.

Some tips for ensuring a safe Halloween are as follows:

(1) Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-ortreat bags for greater visibility.

(2) Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Moreover, hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding down over the eyes.

(3) Purchase costumes that are flame resistant.

(4) If a sword, cane, or stick is part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may easily be hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

(5) Make sure you child carries a flashlight with fresh batteries.

(6) Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional.

(7) A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

(8) Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or a car.

(9) Because pedestrian injuries most commonly involve children on Halloween, remind trick-or-treaters to be extra careful when crossing streets.

(10) Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.

(11) Never cut across yards or alleys.

(12) Don’t assume you have the right-of-way when crossing a street. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. Just because one car stops, it does not mean the others will.

(13) Law enforcement officers should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

(14) Make sure your children understand that they are not to eat any candy or treats until the goodies have been properly examined by you.

(15) If your older children are going out alone, plan and review a route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

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