GALLIA COUNTY — Trick-or-treat will be going on throughout the county this week as Halloween approaches.
County-wide trick-or-trick will happen this Thursday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Gallipolis and the Village of Centerville. Other villages have held trick-or-treat in the past, but are unconfirmed for this year.
Rio Grande will be having a Halloween block party at the Rio Grande Municipal Building at 5:30 p.m., also on Thursday.
After trick-or treat in Gallipolis, 93.1 is offering free food and drinks in City Park, open to the public. Various organizations and churches will be there passing out candy and food.
On Saturday, Hampton Inn of Gallipolis will have a trunk-or-treat from 5-6:30 p.m. on the front lawn. 20 businesses will be onhand to set up and distribute candy to kids. Hampton will be passing out hot dogs and water, and several characters in costume will be there as well. This event is free to the public.
When out trick-or-treating, parents will want to make sure children are dressed appropriately, says area law enforcement. Children should wear things that aren’t going to snag or tear or trip them, reflective clothing is best. Keep an eye on children when they are walking around streets. Never send them out in groups that aren’t supervised by adults. Always inspect where they are going. Make sure the areas that children are trick-or-treating in are friendly and that people are participating as some may not be handing out candy.
Individuals who don’t participate should not have their porch light on or answer the door during candy giveaway hours. According to Gallipolis Police Chief Jeff Boyer, most people who are participating will be obvious. Either they will be on the porch or their lights will be on or a door open. Drivers should be cautious in congested areas because children may not be thinking about traffic safety so much as the fun of the activity. Law enforcement in the past has touched upon the importance of parents checking a child’s candy before allowing them to consume sweets. Tampered packaging should always be suspected as potentially dangerous to a child’s health.
In the past, deputies have been located throughout the county to supervise trick-or-treat events while also handing out candy.
Reach Morgan and Dean at 740-446-2342.