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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Debbie Tollenaar puts the finishing touches on the Halloween display in her yard on Chestnut Street in Thayer. Halloween will be observed around the area from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. Photo by Jan Thompson
AREA -- Although several communities and organizations around the area are holding independent Halloween activities, local law enforcement authorities said trick-or-treating will be observed in all communities Oct. 31 from 5 to 9 p.m.

Oregon County Deputy Lee Simmons reminds Oregon County residents about a law in Missouri that restricts certain activities by registered sex offenders on Halloween.

"They are required to avoid all Halloween related contact with children, remain inside their residence between 5 and 10:30 p.m., unless there is just cause for them to leave. They also have to post a sign stating, 'No candy or treats at this residence.' They also have to leave all outside residential lighting off during the evening hours on Halloween," Simmons said.

Oregon County and Mammoth Spring registered sex offenders include:

* Gary Wayne Baldridge, Rt. 3, Thayer.

* Jack Blank, Rt. 1, Thayer.

* Ardon C. Davis, Rt. 1, Thayer.

* Cyththia R. Keller-McFann, Rt. 2, Koshkonong.

* Henry R. Madden, Rt. 3, Alton.

* Edward D. Newman, CR 313, Alton.

* Robert M Padgett, AA Highway, Alton.

* Ronald R. Ray, Rt. 1, Peace Valley.

* James Alan Risner, 200 block, Mammoth Street, Thayer.

* John W. Roy, HC 64, Couch.

* Jonathan J. Sims, Walnut Street, Thayer.

* Ronnie Edward Smith, 500 block, 2nd Street, Thayer.

* Korey D. Whiteside, HCR 64, Alton.

* Scot Reef, Rt. 1, Thayer.

* Joel Waters, 510 Tate Street, Mammoth Spring.

Thayer Police Sgt. Terry Bounds said, "This year, Halloween falls on a Friday night. There will be excited kids going from house to house and drivers need to be cautious. There are a few simple rules parents, children, drivers and homeowners can use to ensure a safe enjoyable time," he said.

When children are out at night, drivers need to be careful driving after dusk, over a hill or around a curve where visibility is limited. He said use high beams to see and be seen.

Sgt. Bounds gave a few more tips for parents and trick-or-treaters.

* Only go to houses where porch lights are on.

* Halloween style flashlights make a great addition to a child's costume and can add extra safety to a dark night helping to make sure a child is more visible while out. Reflective tape can also be used on costumes. Headlights will pick them out in the dark.

* People who have porch steps need to make sure they are easy to navigate for their trick-or-treat guests. Jack-o-lanterns can be used to light the steps of a porch.

* Make sure any store bought costume is fire retardent. Nylon and other materials used to make mass produced Halloween costumes are highly flammable. Costumes made out of vinyl are also hazardous.

* Make sure you set a time that your kids should be home. If they go trick-or-treating with a group or to a party, make sure they know it is important for them to be home on time or to call home if there is a problem. Walkie-talkies are good for this type of outing.

* Just because you think a certain Halloween costume for pets is cute, does not mean they will enjoy wearing them. Try it on your pet in advance and see how they react.

Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis also had some Halloween tips. "Trick-or-treaters should always be accompanied by an adult or travel in a group," he said.

Children should be told not to eat unwrapped candy or treats until they return home where their parents can help them inspect their candy. "Make sure children have eaten before they go out that night," Davis said.

Davis recommended children wear make-up instead of masks.

"Children should be extra careful when crossing streets. Sometimes they become too excited. They should always look both ways before crossing a street. Drivers need to keep a careful eye on the road and on the sidewalks in case a child should dart out in the street or from behind a parked car," the police chief said.

All the officers said children should only go to homes where the lights are on and they hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

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