By Conrad Dudderar
With skies darkening earlier, Yukon parents are being advised to make sure their children have sufficient visibility while canvassing the community seeking Halloween candy.
The City of Yukon’s official trick-or-treat night is 6-8 p.m. next Monday, Oct. 31 – on Halloween.
Some neighborhood homeowners’ associations also will allow trick-or-treating this Saturday, Oct. 29 with other Halloween festivities planned Sunday, Oct. 30.
It is getting darker outside earlier, with sunset at 6:39 p.m. this Saturday, 6:38 p.m. Sunday and 6:37 p.m. next Monday. Daylight savings time starts Nov. 6.
“Parents should make sure their kids carry a flashlight, light stick or something reflective,” Yukon Deputy Police Chief John Brown said.
“The sooner they’re out there before dark, the better it is.”
Because of the bountiful Halloween activities in Yukon, Brown tells motorists to prepare for increased traffic – both foot and vehicular – on local streets over the weekend and next Monday.
“We’ll conduct random patrols in neighborhoods and will be extra vigilant,” he said.
YPD officials recommend that trick-or-treaters travel in groups as they visit neighborhoods this Halloween.
“It’s also important for parents to watch what houses their kids are going to,” Deputy Chief Brown added. “And have a safety plan in case they get separated – to meet at a designated location.”
Further, parents should check candy their children have collected in their bags before they eat the sweet treats.
SPOOKSVILLE … AND MORE
The City of Yukon will present its annual Halloween “Spooksville” from 3-9 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly.
There will be a carnival, costume contests and a “haunted hallow” on the Chisholm Trail. Admission is $4 per child.
Many Yukon-area churches and businesses are having “trunk-or-treat” and other special events this weekend as well.