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Tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 31, is Halloween, and there is a lot excitement about trick-or-treating and related events around town. Of course there will door-to-door trick or treating beginning at dusk in Altus, but there are lots of other activities to participate in as well.


The Altus Fraternal Order of Police #120 (FOP) is once again sponsoring “Spooky Town” in the area behind Imagination Station off of Falcon Road, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Halloween Night.


A Hallelujah Fest will be held at Mission On Wheels, 213 W. Walnut, on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be music, hot dogs, sweet treats and a prize drawing. Dress up, win prizes, have fun. Donations are appreciated. Call Edna Douglas at 580-649-8620 to donate, or for more information.


English Village Manor will be having Trick or Treat from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Tamarack Trick or Treat will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m.


Emmanuel Baptist Church will hold a Trunk-Or-Treat event on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kids come in costume! There will be lots of candy and games. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to the church fellowship hall.


Also holding Trunk or Treat events are the First United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church. First United Methodist Church, 317 N. Main, will hold theirs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween, in the church parking lot, 317 N. Main St. in Altus. All parents, students, friends, and families can attend. Bring your little ones for a safe and fun trick or treating environment with games, goodies, hot dogs, chips, and water provided. Contact FUMC for more information at (580) 482-0795 or courtneynaltusfumc@cableone.net


Harvest Blessings & Trunks ‘N’ Treats is being sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Altus. This fun and safe alternative to Halloween is for boys and girls of all ages. It will be held on Thursday at the Altus Community Center located on Falcon Road. Doors will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m.


After you catch your breath from all of the above events on Thursday, head on over to First Baptist Church in Headrick on Saturday for their Fall Party. The church is located at 208 N. 5th in Headrick. There will be hotdogs, game booths, candy, a cake walk and hayride. The event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.


As always, the excitement of the holiday can be too much for some kids, so remind them not to dart out into the street, and to watch for cars. Candy should not be consumed until parents have examined it. Have fun, but stay safe this Thursday evening.


Altus Chief of Police Tim Murphy encouragse all motorists to use extra caution on Thursday evening while our children enjoy Halloween activities. According to the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is consistently one of the top days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. AAA Oklahoma offers the following tips for motorists, parents and children.

MOTORISTS-
Slow down in residential areas. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit. Speed limits for residential neighborhoods in Altus are 25mph.
Watch for children walking on roadways and those that walk from between cars.
Carefully enter and exit driveways.
Use headlights, even during daylight hours.
Broaden your vision by looking for children on sidewalks and curbs
PARENTS-
Flame retardant and light colored costume’s to improve visibility
Reflective tape on costumes or buckets.
Disguises that do not obstruct vision. Instead of face masks, use face paint.
Make certain props are flexible to avoid injury.
Supervise children under 12 years of age.
Plan a trick-or-treat route.
Tell your children to never enter a strangers home.
Tell children not to eat treats until they can be examined at home. Always discard candies that are open or packaging that’s torn.
CHILDREN-
stay on sidewalks and avoid walking in the street.
Look both ways before crossing a street.
Never cross a street between parked cars.
Trick-or-treat with parents or in a group.
Carry a flashlight that contains fresh batteries and never shine the light into the eyes of drivers.


NOTE: Be sure and take photos of your kids, grandkids, and even yourself dressed up and submit them to the Altus Times’ Virtual Costume Contest. It’s completely free and you could win prizes! Just visit www.altustimes.com and sign up.

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