Monday evening at the city council voting session, Wanda Lee Rohlfs of Main Street Lincoln said the "Trick or Treat with the
Mayor" event this year will be on Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m.
accompanied by parents or other responsible adults are invited to
join Mayor Keith Snyder at Latham Park for a parade around town,
collecting treats from local merchants.
The walking parade will go all through the downtown area, ending
at City Hall, where there will be drawings for gifts from Abe's
Rohlfs asked Snyder to tell what he planned to dress up as this
year, but he said it would be a well-kept secret until the day of
the event. However, he did drop one hint, saying it would be a
Rohlfs also recalled the fun everyone had last year when Snyder
arrived as the chief of police and the chief of police, Ken
Greenslate, arrived as an inmate of the jail.
Along the same order of business, it was announced that citywide
trick-or-treat night will be Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Greenslate, who made the announcement, said he'd heard from a few
citizens who thought the time should be shortened. He said he
decided to leave it as is, but he wanted to remind everyone that
when they are ready to stop handing out treats, all they have to do
is turn off their porch light.
He also reminded trick-or-treaters to be respectful of homes
where the porch light is off.
With all this in mind, this month's FAQ from the Lincoln Police
Department addressed Halloween and trick-or-treat safety.
Question: What steps should I take to ensure a fun and safe
trick-or-treat alone. You should go with groups and with a
Adults should plan
their route ahead of time and stay in neighborhoods they are
only at houses that are lit. If the lights are off, the
residents do not wish to be bothered.
Carry a working
flashlight with you so can see where you walk and others can see
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Walk only on
sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
Reflective tape should be fastened to clothes and bags to help
drivers see you.
Look both ways
before crossing the street, and use crosswalks when possible.
Do not carry any
sharp objects or weapons that are real.
Examine all treats
for choking hazards and for tampering.
Test makeup in a
small area first to avoid severe allergic reactions. Keep it
away from your eyes and mouth.
costumes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
factory-wrapped treats. Do not eat homemade treats unless you
know the cook.
Enter homes only
if you are with a trusted adult.
Stay away from
candles and luminaries, and wear flame-resistant costumes.
If you are a host, have your steps and
[By NILA SMITH, with FAQ from the
Lincoln Police Department]