By Conrad Dudderar
Halloween will – once again – be celebrated on Halloween in Yukon.
Yukon’s “official” trick-or-treat night will indeed be Oct. 31. This year, that is a school night.
Although the holiday observance is still a month away, city officials made the announcement this week on the City of Yukon’s social media pages.
“This probably comes as no surprise, but let’s make it official!” the post reads. “Trick-or-treat night in Yukon will be on Halloween: Tuesday, Oct. 31.”
In late October, skies get dark by early evening.
So, motorists will be reminded to stay alert for Yukon’s young trick-or-treaters as they canvas neighborhoods seeking Halloween goodies.
“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 many Halloween-related festivities in Yukon, Brown advised residents to prepare for increased traffic – both foot and vehicular – along city streets on Halloween and the preceding weekend.
YPD officials also recommend that trick-or-treaters travel in groups.
Parents should 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,” he said.
Further, parents should check all Halloween candy their children have collected in their bags before they eat the sweet treats.
‘SPOOKSVILLE’ SET OCT. 28
Yukon Parks & Recreation will stage the annual Halloween “Spooksville” on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly.
This popular special event will feature a children’s costume contest, dog costume contest, Halloween-themed carnival, kid-friendly trail, spooky haunted trail, and a movie screening.
Other annual YPR Halloween activities will be the Mummy & Son Masquerade dance on Monday, Oct. 23 at the Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main; and the Spooky Senior Social on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore.
Many Yukon-area churches and businesses will host “trunk-or-treat” and other special events on and around Halloween.