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Halloween fun with first-responders

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The front of this house along New Mexico Drive has a bloody ghost standing guard outside the front door, while spider webs cling to the walls and roof, and tombstones light up with pumpkins. The homeowner’s cat observes the Halloween decor. (Corinna Martinez Photo)

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Children will be able to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween event today while also getting to know first-responders at the inaugural Fall Festival from 4 to 7 p.m. at Russ DeKay Soccer Complex.

Michael Myers, Jason and Chucky wait to welcome visitors by the garage of this home along New Mexico Drive in Roswell. (Corinna Martinez Photo)

The event at 1500 N. Grand Ave., near the Wool Bowl, will feature trunk-or-treat, carnival games, inflatable jumpers and Halloween-themed music. Those attending are welcome to dress up in costumes, however no guns of any type — including fake, toy, water or any other gun-like items — are allowed.

Police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel will have candy at the ready for trunk-or-treat activities that will include a chance for children and adults to visit with local first-responders and get a look at vehicles from the Roswell Police Department, the Roswell Fire Department, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and Superior Ambulance.

As trick-or-treaters roam through neighborhoods today, the Roswell Police Department offers some safety tips to parents and other adults to try to make sure trick-or-treating doesn’t become scary.

• Trick-or-treaters should try to make their rounds in a group, if possible. All younger children, whether in a group or on their own, should be accompanied by an adult or responsible older teenager.

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• If it’s going to be dark at any time while trick-or-treating, equip yourself and your kids with flashlights. Also, avoid approaching any houses that don’t have lights on by the door to welcome trick-or-treaters.

• Remind your children to move around the neighborhood on sidewalks, when possible, rather than walking in the street. Everyone needs to be mindful of vehicle traffic, remembering to look in all possible directions for vehicles before crossing or entering a street. No pedestrian should enter a street by walking between two parked vehicles along the curb. Drivers may not be able to see that person soon enough to safely stop.

• Drivers should drive slowly and be alert that night, remembering there will be a much greater number of young pedestrians out and about.

• It is best if trick-or-treaters stick to houses where trusted friends and neighbors live. Don’t go inside houses unless they are those of family or friends.

• Dress children in costumes that have bright colors and perhaps reflective pieces. Make sure masks have eyeholes that are big enough to see out of. Costumes should fit properly, without pieces dragging around children’s feet creating the hazard of a potential trip and fall. Avoid costumes that include any pieces or accessories that are too sharp or otherwise could be an injury risk.

• Parents should inspect all treats the children collect before any of it is eaten. If children are out on their own, instruct them not to eat any of it before they return home and an adult checks it out. Any candy pieces or other items that are unwrapped or not in their original wrappers or appear to be homemade or tampered with should be discarded unless the parent has firsthand knowledge of the source and absolutely trusts that source.

• Unfortunately, there are sex offenders in most communities, and Roswell is no different. Citizens can find out where convicted offenders are living near them by visiting the OffenderWatch website. That information can be used to take appropriate steps when planning the trick-or-treating route.

• Parents and other family adults should make sure children are well-instructed and well-prepared for a safe and enjoyable time.

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