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October 19, 2013

Trick-or-treat! Dates, times announced for Halloween fun

NEW CASTLE — •BESSEMER — Trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

•ELLWOOD CITY — The Halloween parade will be 3 p.m. Oct. 26. Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•HICKORY TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

•LITTLE BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•MAHONING TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. A party for township residents follows at 7 p.m.

•NESHANNOCK TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

•NEW BEAVER — The borough will host its annual Halloween party Oct. 29. The party — for borough children 14 and younger — will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the firehall, 898 Wampum-New Galilee Road. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (724) 535-8868.

•NEW CASTLE — Trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

•NORTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31.

•PULASKI TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. During those hours, the New Bedford Lions Club will be passing out bags of candy to trick-or-treaters. Adults also are welcome to stop by the New Bedford firehall for a treat, pizza and cider.

•SCOTT TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•SHENANGO TOWNSHIP — Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•SOUTH NEW CASTLE BOROUGH — Trick-or-treat hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

•WAMPUM — Trick-or-treat hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — In Lawrence County will have trick-or-treat hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

•WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — In Mercer County will have trick-or-treat hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

Red Cross offers Halloween safety tips

Every October, children have a chance to dress up as their favorite princess, ghost, superhero or witch.

As children don their costumes, the local American Red Cross chapter urges residents to follow some preparedness tips to keep their families and other community members safe and happy this Halloween.

“We encourage parents to take a few safety precautions in selecting their children’s costumes and plan their trick-or-treating safety route ahead of time,” said Kevin Brown, executive director of the local Red Cross.

Those who are staying home to welcome trick-or-treaters should take some safety precautions too, he said.

In addition to making sure the outside lights are on, Red Cross officials urge homeowners to sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps and clear the porch and front yard of any obstacles a child could trip over.

Pets should be restrained, Brown said, and he suggested using a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.

The Red Cross offered the following tips to help keep youngsters safe:

•Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

•Use flame-resistant costumes.

•Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover children’s eyes and make it hard to see.

•Plan a route ahead.

•Make sure adults know where children are going. And, if the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them.

•Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.

•Visit only homes that have a porch light on.

•Accept treats at the door — never go inside.

•Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the edge of the road, facing traffic.

•Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner.

•Don’t cut across yards or use alleys.

•Don’t cross between parked cars.

•Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.

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