Halloween is a time of great fun for children, but it can be a scary time for parents and drivers. Children are often out after dark, crossing busy streets and perhaps going to unfamiliar homes. By exercising a little caution this hallow’s eve, everyone can have a safe, enjoyable time.

There are many activities planned in Rushville and surrounding communities for Monday, including the annual Halloween parade, with line-up starting at 5:30 p.m. in South Veterans Memorial Park near the shelterhouse.

According to event coordinator Carla Sharpe, costume judging will begin promptly at 6 p.m. that evening.

“Age groups are 0 to 4, 5 to 8, 9 to 13 and adult,” Sharpe said. “In case of rain the event will move to the fairgrounds’ livestock pavilion.”

Regardless of whether your child or yourself has a winning costume, all persons who participate in the holiday fun will receive a treat bag and glow-in-the-dark necklace.

“This year, the Rush County Sheriff’s Department donated the bags for the treats. However, we are still in need of donations, so we are welcoming any monetary donations or candy. You can contact the Mayor’s office at 932-3735,” Sharpe said.

After the costume judging is complete, neighborhood trick-or-treating will begin; Police Chief Tony Fudge advised that hours for this year’s spooky night are from 6 to 9 p.m.

Other events in Rush County include:

n Trick-or-treating with the residents of Miller’s Merry Manor from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Families can enter the building through the front doors.

n A costume contest, hosted by the Milroy Community Club, will be held at Milroy Elementary School from 6 p.m. until the fun is over. According to club member Bill Ward, the gymnasium usually fills with approximately 100 kids. After the event, trick-or-treaters are encouraged to go only to houses with porch lights on.

“We have a contest for all ages, and we will also raffle off a girls and boys bike,” he said. “Everyone that participates gets something, and we also stress safety before anyone leaves the premises.”

Harcourt Outlines will also be handing out pencils and other goodies to trick-or-treaters.

It is important to note several things during trick-or-treating hours, including:

n Drivers need to be particularly careful at dusk and topping a hill or approaching a curve, where visibility is limited.

n Trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult or travel in a group. Children should be told not to eat any unwrapped candy or treats until they return home and after a parent has inspected them. Making sure kids have already eaten before heading out may help.

n Parents should put reflective tape on costumes or add bright colors to increase visibility. Make-up, rather than masks, should be worn to help ensure that children have a clear view of their surroundings.

n Trick-or-treaters may be caught up in the excitement of the day and not be as careful as they should. They should always cross at corners and look before crossing. Drivers need to keep a careful eye on the road and on the sidewalk, in case anyone darts out from between parked cars.

n Children should stay on the sidewalk or, if none is available, walk facing the lane of traffic.

n Carry a flashlight.

n Homeowners should clear their yards of anything that can be tripped over and be sure to have a front door or walkway light on. Refrain from decorations that use an open flame that could ignite a child’s costume.

Rushville Republican Staff Writer Starr Shuppert can be contacted at (765) 932-2222; at P.O. Box 189, Rushville, IN 46173; or at starr.shuppert@cnhimedia.com.

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