GENESEO – Today is the day! The Village’s Halloween festivities will begin with classic Trick-or-Treat on Main Street this afternoon.
The spooky, the silly and the creative will take to Main Street for trick or treating 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. Geneseo Police will be out and about giving candy to kids. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office released the following safety tips to kids and guardians:
• Map out your route and check it against the New York State Sex Offender Registry at www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor
• Accompany your young children and plan to go when it’s light out.
• Feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating.
• Have children save all candy until they get home.
• Inspect all treats; throw away unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.
• Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
• Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
• Stop, look and listen at corners.
• Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
• Carry a cell phone if going without an adult.
• Be respectful of people and their property.
• Go into a stranger’s house or get into a stranger’s car.
• Run across yards or streets.
• Venture down dark, empty streets.
• Approach dark, unlighted houses.
• Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.
• Eat any treats before your parents check them.
• Put away anything children could trip over.
• Turn the lights on and replace any burned-out bulbs at the walkway and front door.
• Remember, your jack-o-lantern and any other candles or electrical decorations can be a fire hazard. Keep them out of the reach of small children and away from flammable materials.
• Never leave your house unattended. If you have to leave your house, make sure all the doors are locked.
Anyone who would like more information about Halloween Safety is encouraged to contact Deputy Mike Didas of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit at (585)243-7100 or email LCSO@CO.LIVINGSTON.NY.US