GENESEO – Are you ready for Halloween? The Village of Geneseo is.
Spooky, cool and silly costumes will take to Main Street for trick or treating will be on Monday, Oct. 31, starting at 3 p.m. and running until 6 p.m. The annual Halloween parade will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Mary Jemison cabin in the Village Park.
“Participating businesses will have a ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome Here’ sign on a window,” said Caroline Wilson, intern for Downtown Coordinator. “The parade will be as good as always, there are always cool costumes out and about.”
Trick-or-Treat is coordinated by the Geneseo Merchants Association. The Halloween Parade and Costume Contest comes courtesy of Geneseo Kiwanis and Rotary.
Halloween has always been a fun and safe day for Geneseo. Still, on Monday, the Geneseo Police Department released a safety advisory for the public, especially guardians of young children. Geneseo Police will be out and about giving candy to kids.
“The Geneseo Police Department would like to remind you that Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children who are not supervised properly, said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian. “Trick-or-Treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling in a group of friends, to ensure that the only scary experiences children have are those associated with the spirit of Halloween.”
The following recommendations are for parents and guardians:
An adult should always examine Halloween treats before children eat them.
Never eat open or unwrapped Halloween foods.
Costumes should be flame-retardant and should allow children to walk freely without tripping.
Children’s ability to see, hear, and move should not be impaired by unwieldy masks.
Make certain that any face paint or make-up used on skin or costumes is non-toxic.
Extra care should be taken on streets and at crossings, especially at dusk and after dark.
Children should carry a flashlight and wear reflective or bright colored clothing at night.
Emergency identification information should be placed discreetly inside clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.
Avoid having children wear their names outwardly on clothing or jewelry which may allow a stranger to call them by name and appear to know them.
As always, children should be cautioned to avoid strangers, as well as poorly-lit areas and homes of people they do not know.
Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately. Parents can help protect their children by making sure that treats are wrapped in their original, unbroken packages – no loose candy, open glasses or bottles, fresh fruit, or homemade goods.