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7:18 AM Mon, Dec. 17th

Halloween activities planned – extra precautions advised this year

Local officials are advising parents to take their little ghosts, goblins and witches to one of the many Halloween activities offered in the community this Halloween.

But for some parents, the traditional trick-or-treating habit is hard to break, especially if children are older.

Kingman resident Ginny Wynne, the mother of four children, said she and her husband plan to take their children out trick or treating, but only to houses of friends or family.

"Holidays are a big deal in our family," Wynne said.

"We will be more careful this year though, and we also plan to go to the Halloween Carnival at the fairgrounds.

If it is good, we will go again next year, if they have it."

Sue Patel, a Kingman mom who takes her son, and her niece, trick or treating every year, said she has no plans to curtail the traditional Halloween activity this year.

"I am going to take the kids trick or treating.

They are expecting it," Patel said.

"We go to every door with them.

I don't think we should be afraid of anything.

We check the candy.

We will be extra careful this time."

Patel added that she always checks every piece of candy to make sure it has not been opened or tampered with, and she throws away any candy she is not familiar with.

The family also plans to go trick or treating earlier this year than in years past.

Kingman families have several activities to choose from this Halloween, as an alternative, or in addition to, trick or treating.

There are safety tips parents can follow to help assure a safe and happy Halloween for their children, said Captain Bill Johnston, of the Kingman Fire Department.

"Encourage children to participate in alternate activities.

If kids do go trick or treating, they should go in groups on well-lit streets, only stopping at the homes of people they know with porch lights on," he said.

Johnston added that children should carry flashlights and walk on sidewalks when possible, staying out of the street.

Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick or treating, and parents should talk to children about staying out of the street, especially if they hear an emergency siren, he said.

He added that Jack-o-lanterns should be lit with flashlights and battery-operated lights only, not candles.

Parents should inspect all collected candy before it is eaten, to make sure it has not been opened or tampered with.

In addition, children should only accept homemade treats from someone they know, he said.

Firefighters at all four fire stations will give out candy again this year, if they are not out on a call.

The following community activities are planned for Halloween evening:

• A Halloween Carnival will be held at the Mohave County Fairgrounds from 6 to 10 p.m.

Halloween evening.

Game booths, Trick or Treat Street, Spook House ($1), Costume Contest, pumpkin drawing and carving contest and door prizes for adults are activities planned.

Game booth and Trick or Treat Street tickets are 30 for $1.

For more information call 753-0260.

• The Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat campaign will take place this Halloween when youth from 4-H and other Kingman organizations collect canned and nonperishable foods for local food banks.

Collections will take place Halloween night between 5 and 8 p.m.

Collection boxes are also set up at the Kingman Daily Miner, Albertsons, Bashas', Safeway, Smith's and the Cooperative Extension Office.

For more information call 753-3788.

• A Fall Festival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Halloween evening at St.

John's United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, 1730 Kino Ave.

There will be games, prizes and goodies.

• The Pumpkin Patrol, sponsored by the Kingman police Department will be on hand this Halloween.

Police cruisers will patrol the city streets with plastic pumpkins adoring the siren lights.

Officers will pass out packs of candy, donated from local businesses, to children.

The Pumpkin Patrol offers parents a safe source of candy for children, according to the KPD.

• Kingman Adventist Christian School is having a Fall Festival for kids of all ages.

Moms and dads are welcome too.

This is a safe alternative on Halloween.

Everyone is invited for games, prizes, food and beverages.

Church official suggest, dressing the children like their favorite Biblical character, thwarting the origins of Halloween.

This special Kids Night Out is from 5 p.m.

to 8 p.m.

on Halloween evening at 3180 White Cliffs Rd.

Call 565-9358 for directions and more information.

• There will be a Hawaiian Harvest-Fest from 6 p.m.

to 8 p.m.

Halloween evening at First Assembly of God, 1850 Gates.

There will be candy, games, prizes, a Volcano Maze and an "Under the Sea Room." Hawaiian dessert and face painting are also on the agenda.

There will be entertainment, Hawaiian dress - but nothing scary - and gifts.

For more information, call 753-3529.