GALLIA COUNTY — The time has come for what many may consider to be a dentist’s worst nightmare.
Trick or treating season has once again hit Gallia County and there is expected to be plenty of candy-catching opportunities for children to gorge on a variety of sweet treats, not to mention the occasional chocolate bar confiscated by mom or dad.
Holzer Health Systems will be hosting its annual Treat Street, in which all members of the community are invited to come and take part in candy collecting. Holzer health departments have all been encouraged to take part in the event as employees will sit in the parking lot of the hospital on Jackson Pike. Volunteers will have decorated booths. The event will begin Tuesday at 6 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Many recommend getting there early as parking becomes tricky quickly.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning and Gallipolis Police Department Capt. Jeff Boyer, the county is set to have its treating hour from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This goes for Gallipolis and the surrounding villages as well.
“You want to make sure (children) are dressed appropriately,” Browning said. “(Children should wear) things that aren’t going to snag or tear or trip them, reflective (clothing) is best. Keep an eye on your kid when they are walking around streets. Never send them out in groups that aren’t supervised by adults. Always inspect where they are going to. Make sure the areas that kids are trick or treating in are friendly and that people are participating because some people don’t want to participate.
“Individuals that don’t (participate) should not have their porch light on or answer the door (during candy giveaway hours). Most people who are (participating), it’ll be obvious they are. Either they’ll be on the porch or their lights will be on or a door open. It comes back to parents and how they supervise their children. Drivers should be cautious in congested areas because kids won’t be thinking about traffic safety so much as the fun of trick or treating. They need to be on the lookout.”
According to the sheriff, deputies will be located throughout the county to supervise trick or treat events while also handing out candy. The sheriff emphasized the importance of children seeing law enforcement officials as positive figures in the community there to help when problems arise. The sheriff also spoke of the importance in 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.
Local 4-H groups are expected to hold a “trunk or treat” event in the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Local clubs will decorate booths or vehicles around a 4-H project theme. Games will be held as well as candy given out.
Bidwell will play host to its 22nd annual Halloween parade Saturday as well. Lineup will be at River Valley Middle School at 3:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 4 p.m. Those with questions should call (740) 388-8547.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.