Halloween activities, safety tips for kids of all ages

With a little planning, kids can have a ghoulishly good time this Halloween.

"Halloween is meant to be spooky and fun but it's also important to keep children safe," said Capt.

Bill Johnston, of the Kingman Fire Department.

"Encourage children to participate in alternate activities," Johnston said.

"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."

Johnston said parents should plan costumes that are bright, reflective and fit well, and add reflective tape or striping for greater visibility.

When shopping for costumes and wigs, look for labels that indicate the items are flame resistant, and consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives, because masks can limit or block eyesight, he added.

"Teach children to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost," he said.

"Remind them that 9-1-1 can be dialed free at any payphone.

"Parents should also review the principle of "Stop-Drop-Roll" with their children, should a costume catch on fire."

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

In addition, the Pumpkin Patrol, sponsored by the Kingman Police Department, will be out again this Halloween.

Police cruisers will patrol the city streets with plastic pumpkins adorning the light bars on their vehicles.

Officers will pass out packs of candy, donated by local businesses to children from 5 p.m.

to about 8 or 9 p.m.

Seven additional officers will patrol the streets passing out candy, Theresa Jones, records clerk at the police department, said.

The following community activities will be held this Halloween:

• The Spook House at the Mohave County Fairgrounds, will be open 7 to 9 p.m.

today and Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Thursday.

The carnival features pumpkin carving and costume contests, Trick-or-Treat Street, fun games, prizes and food.

General admission tickets are 10 for $1.

Spook House tickets are $1 each and parking is $1.

• Children of all ages: Be aware that the Bonelli House on the corner of Spring and 5th downtown will be giving away treats from 5 p.m.

to 7 p.m.

Thursday.

This event is hosted by the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.

• A haunted house will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Thursday at the building behind Century 21 Barbara Ricca Realty, 4005 Stockton Hill Road.

There will be treats as well as tricks.

Admission is $1 and all proceeds will benefit Easter Seals.

For more information call Marilyn Howard at 757-2100.

• Seniors can also have fun this Halloween.

The Mohave Singles Club (age 55 and older) is hosting a Halloween costume party Thursday from 5 p.m.

to 11 p.m.

at the Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center.

There will be a potluck dinner, so bring a favorite Halloween dish to share.

The dancing will begin at 7 p.m.

with the band "Gunsmoke" providing the music.

Admission is $2 at the door.

• There will be a Tailgate Trick-or-Treat Party for parents and children from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thursday in the lot at Crazy Horse Food and Feed, 8746 Stockton Hill Road.

Residents of the neighborhood can give out candy from their vehicle.

Those wishing to participate can bring their vehicles to the Crazy Horse Food and Feed lot and park in a circle, decorate the trunk or tailgate, and have some candy to give to kids.

Bring children in costume with a bag or bucket for collecting candy.

Prizes will be given for the best costumes: prettiest, ugliest and most creative.

There will also be a prize for the best decorated trunk or tailgate.

For more information call 692-3938.

Johnston said a safe Halloween starts before nightfall.

"Consider fire safety when decorating; do not overload electrical outlets with Halloween lighting, and always keep Jack o' lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking," he said.

Additional trick-or-treating safety tips:

• Plan and review with children the trick-or-treating route and behavior that is acceptable.

Agree on a specific time when trick-or-treaters must return home.

• Parents and older children should wear a wristwatch, use flashlights with fresh batteries and carry coins for non-emergency phone calls.

• All trick-or-treat drivers should drive slowly throughout the community.

• A responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.

Remind Trick-or Treaters to:

• Use a flashlight or glow-in-the-dark light sticks so they can see and be seen by others.

• Stay in groups and tell family members where they will be going.

• Only go to homes with porch lights on.

• Remain on well-lit streets and always use sidewalks.

• Never enter a stranger's home or car for a treat.

• Obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations.

• Always walk, never run.

• Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks.

• Always watch traffic.

Drivers may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.

• Not east treats until they are thoroughly checked by an adult at home.