AREA -- Because Halloween this year falls on Sunday, all communities in Oregon County -- Alton, Koshkonong, Myrtle and Thayer, as well as Mammoth Spring to the south -- will observe Halloween activities this year on Saturday.
In all communities, the time set for trick-or-treating will be dusk to dark, city officials said.
Parents are asked to take their children only to homes with lights on.
To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, Thayer Police Chief Gene Hatman said his department offers these safety tips:* Trick or treat with friends;* Young children should be accompanied by an adult;* Make sure the child's costume fits well and wear face makeup instead of a mask for better vision.
"We also suggest the children carry a flashlight, visit homes in a familiar neighborhood, look both ways before crossing the street and, if trick-or-treating with friends, tell parents the routes that will be taken," the police chief said.
Hatman said one of the important precautions children can take this Halloween is to have all treats checked by parents before eating them.
The police chief said any child in any community who receives any treats that look suspicious should contact police or take the candy to the local police station before eating them.