Trick-or-treating starts Friday in Forest City

Oct. 23, 2012 @ 02:08 PM


Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good eat.

It’s that time of year again, when goblins and ghosts roam the streets in search of treats.

A few of the towns are opening their stores to hand out candy for this exciting holiday.

The town of Forest City is having their trick-or-treaters come through early, on Friday, Oct. 26.

“We have just decided to always have it the Friday before Halloween so that we don’t interfere with the other town’s trick-or-treat night,” said Kelly Dale, president of the Forest City Merchant’s Association. “The kids can trick-or-treat from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown. Along with the merchants giving out candy, Kidzplay is also bringing some inflatables for the children to play on.”

Halloween night will be full of fun in Chimney Rock Village.

“Trick-or-treating in Chimney Rock Village will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. throughout downtown,” said Bob Walk, Chimney Rock Village councilman. “It is a big deal here. We will have police stationed here during the trick-or-treatind and people come from all around. There will be a lot of candy, cookies and treats and some of the cutest kids you ever saw in your life.”

If you can’t make it all the way out to Chimney Rock, you can take your young trick-or-treaters to Rutherfordton.

According to a Cindy Adair from Rutherford Town Revitalization, Inc., children can trick-or-treat in historic downtown Rutherfordton on Wednesday, Oct. 31 starting at 4 p.m.. Participating merchants will hand out candy and prizes.

“We have been having over 1,000 kids, so the trick-or-treating will last until the candy runs out. Most of the merchants buy around 1200 to 1400 pieces of candy,” Adair said. “It is fun and a lot of the merchants dress up so the kids have a good time.” 

However, no matter where you visit to collect candy, please remember these important safety tips from the Department of Health and Human Services:

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk, don’t run from house to house.

Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalk wherever possible.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid homemade treats made by strangers.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.

Never accept rides from strangers.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.