Halloween is just around the corner and area communities have announced their hours for trick-or-treating.
Bloomfield and Dugger are the only communities with trick-or-treating times scheduled for two nights. Bloomfield's scheduled times are Monday and Tuesday from 6-8:30 p.m., while Dugger's scheduled times are Monday and Tuesday from 6-9 p.m.
Trick-or-treating hours in Linton are set for 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Other trick-or-treating times are: Jasonville, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday; Lyons, until 9 p.m. Tuesday; and Worthington, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday.
In Bloomfield, there will be a costume parade beginning at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The parade -- which will be led by the Bloomfield High School band -- will begin at the Bloomfield library on Franklin Street and travel north on Franklin Street and then turn west onto Spring Street to its stop at the high school tennis courts.
According to Bloomfield Clerk-Treasurer Sondra Thompson, the streets on the parade route will be blocked for about three minutes. In case of rain, the parade will be held on the stage in the cafeteria.
Also in Bloomfield on Monday, there will be a fish fry, sponsored by the Bloomfield choral and band departments, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
In Linton, annual Spookfest activities begin on Saturday at Humphreys Park with games for kids, hosted by Mayor Tom Jones and his wife, Patti.
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, there will be a bonfire by the Roy Clark Community Building. Hot dogs will be furnished, but drinks will not. A hayride will go out to the conservation club.
Also on Saturday, the Greene County Democrats will offer free beans and cornbread and chili near the east shelterhouse beginning at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday at 4 p.m. the Linton-Stockton High School Band Boosters will have their annual fish fry in the Roy Clark Community Building.
"Trunk-or-Treating" will begin at 5:30 or 6 p.m., with people opening their trunks, and providing candy for kids.
"On Tuesday, October 31, I want to invite people to park and open up their trunks and have candy for the kids in a safe environment," said Linton Parks Superintendent Shawn Russell.
Also on Tuesday will be a costume parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sign-up for the parade will be at 6 p.m. by the Scout cabin. Prizes will be awarded in various categories.
On Monday, the White River Valley High School Spanish Club is sponsoring a "haunted walk" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The walk will begin at the tennis courts. Since the walk is "haunted" parents should use discretion. There will also be face painting and goodie bags. The cost of the walk is $2 for the public, $1 for children under 10 and $1 for those who wear costumes.
Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell offered some safety tips.
"It's really important this day and age that parents have to step up to the plate and make sure their little ones check their candy before they consume any of it," he said.
A big safety hazard on Halloween, he said, is traffic.
"These kids gets excited and have a tendency to run from one house to the next. Parents need to keep a close eye on their little ones," he said. "Parents need to help and play a big role in their child's safety and make sure they are watching both sides of the road before crossing the street."
While many tend to dress in dark colors on Halloween, Jerrell said, it's important to wear something that's reflective.
The chief also said it's important that children not trick or treat alone.
"This is a fun holiday for the children and we don't want to take anything away from that, but they need to have a friend with them," he said. "Don't trick or treat alone or without parent supervision."