Fulton County communities have provided Halloween trick or treat schedules for area ghosts and goblins, along with some common sense advice to make the bewitching night go smoothly.
The trick or treat schedules and other events are as follows:
Archbold – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
Delta – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 29, American Legion #373, 5939 State Route 109, will hold a free Halloween party for kids from 3-5 p.m. There will be refreshments, games, and a costume contest.
Fayette – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m. Costumed children can assemble at the Fayette Public Library, 301 Eagle St. at 5 p.m. for a parade to the village fire department at 118 E. Main St., where free hot dogs, chips, and juice will be served and photos will be taken. After trick or treating, kids can return to the firehouse for cider and donuts.
Lyons – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. There will be a dinner at the Lyons Fire Department, 409 W. Morenci St., from 4-5:30 p.m.
Metamora – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be a children’s party from 6-8 p.m. at the Metamora Amboy Fire Department, 251 Mill St., from 6-8 p.m., with complimentary hot dogs, cider, chips, and doughnuts.
Swanton – Saturday, Oct. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. A Halloween Hoopla will be held downtown from 3-5 p.m.
Wauseon – Tuesday, Oct. 31, 6-7:30 p.m., followed by free cider and doughnuts at the Wauseon Fire Department, corner of Elm and Clinton streets.
Sheriff Roy Miller said Halloween activities across the county normally proceed without incident, although cases of vandalism and mischief do crop up. “I think it comes with the season. Unfortunately, the victims have to replace (property),” he said.
Miller advised home and property owners to call their local police agency if they notice suspicious behavior that could lead to vandalism. “Don’t go after (suspects) in a motor vehicle,” he said, noting that giving chase could easily lead to confrontation and violence.
He also advised that adults accompany trick or treaters, and that bright clothing, reflective material or a flashlight be used while traveling in the dark. He reminded pedestrians to use crosswalks whenever possible.
“Go to places you know, and places you trust,” Miller said. He added that parents should always check the candy and goodies received.
The Fulton County Health Center’s Radiology Department will X-ray goodies for signs of tampering from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, between 7:30-10 p.m. Enter the hospital through the Emergency Department.
Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet also recommended reflective clothing or bags. “The cars don’t necessarily see the kids,” he said.
As a safety precaution, children should always travel with adults or other children, and they should only go to residences they know and trust, he said, adding, “We just don’t want any problems.”
Police officers can check candy for safety, and parents should also check, Torbet said. He said residents passing out candy should make sure it’s properly sealed in the package.
He suggested parents check their children for loose-fitting masks that can obstruct their vision. “Just use common sense and dress appropriately,” he said.
Typically, the city police are dispatched to only one or two Halloween-related calls each year. Extra officers will be patrolling the streets.
“We’re still vigilant, and try to keep people safe and make sure they have a good time,” Torbet said.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.