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Fallon residents honor Nevada, celebrate Halloween

Steve Ranson
Merchants will give out candy and other goodies during Monday's eighth annual Spooktacular.


American Academy of Pediatrics

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

All Dressed Up:

• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

• Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.

• When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.

• If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

• Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.

• Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.

• Review with children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they ever have an emergency or become lost.

Carving a Niche:

• Small children should never carve pumpkins. Children can draw a face with markers. Then parents can do the cutting.

• Consider using a flashlight or glow stick instead of a candle to light your pumpkin. If you do use a candle, a votive candle is safest.

• Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and other flammable objects, and should never be left unattended.

Home Safe Home:

• To keep homes safe for visiting trick-or-treaters, parents should remove from the porch and front yard anything a child could trip over such as garden hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations.

• Parents should check outdoor lights and replace burned-out bulbs.

• Wet leaves or snow should be swept from sidewalks and steps.

• Restrain pets so they do not inadvertently jump on or bite a trick-or-treater.

On the Trick-or-Treat Trail:

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

• If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.

• Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.

• Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:

* Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.

* Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

* Carry a cell phone for quick communication.

* Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.

* If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.

* Never cut across yards or use alleys.

* Only cross the street as a group in established crosswalks (as recognized by local custom). Never cross between parked cars or out driveways.

* Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will!

* Law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity.

Healthy Halloween:

• A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.

• Consider purchasing non-food treats for those who visit your home, such as coloring books or pens and pencils.

• Wait until children are home to sort and check treats. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats and throw away any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items.

• Try to ration treats for the days following Halloween.

A three-day weekend honoring Nevada’s statehood capped by Halloween on Monday can’t get any better for thousands of Silver State residents, especially for children who don their costumes to trick or treat.

Fallon, like many other Nevada communities, recognizes trick or treat on the actual Nevada Day, Monday, when in 1864, Congress approved the state’s admittance into the Union during the Civil War.

Needless to say, adults have been known to party on Saturday, while the children have been left holding the candy bags two days later.

The Silver State celebrates its 142nd birthday this weekend (actually Monday, and Carson City is rolling out the red carpet on Saturday with many activities. The annual parade on Carson Street kicks off at 10 a.m. (See page 21 for related stories.)

Meanwhile on Monday, Fallon’s eighth annual Historic Maine Street Spooktacular runs from 4-6 p.m. More than 400 children of all ages participated in last year’s activities that are sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s event features trick or treat at The Homestead from 3-4 p.m.; a Halloween Portrait Open House at Picture This!; The Greenwave Quarterback Club selling hot dogs and other treats; a pet costume contest from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot between Heck’s Meats and His Inspirations. Additionally. Spooktacular has many more activities, and businesses on Maine Street will be handing out candy or other surprises.

Mayor Ken Tedford said historically, Fallon had trick or treating on the day before the Nevada Day parade; however, when the Nevada State Legislature changed Nevada Day activities to a three-day holiday in the 1990s, Fallon tried to keep trick or treating on admission day.

“The Downtown Merchants provides a safe venue for kids and parents,” Tedford previously said.

A Trunk or Treat event at the Churchill County pool on Sheckler Road is Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free treats, contests and prizes will be awaiting the children who attend. Prizes will be given for prettiest, funniest, scariest and best boys and girls costumes.

The Parks and Recreation Haunted House at the fairgrounds is open Saturday from 6-10 p.m. Cost for the haunted house is $4 or $3 with a can of food, and the hayride is $2.

On Monday, trick or treating in the city is from 6-8 p.m. Highland Manor and Assisted Living at 550 N. Sherman St.. will also have a Halloween & Trick or Treat Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

All state, county and city offices and schools are closed today. Early voting is open today from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Federal offices, which recognized Columbus Day, are open as is Naval Air Station Fallon. Most financial institutions are open.