Halloween

The City of Roanoke Rapids will observe Halloween on Oct. 30 with free outdoor events until 7 p.m. and citywide Trick-or-Treating encouraged from 5 to 9 p.m.

Roanoke Rapids Police and Roanoke Rapids Parks & Recreation departments will host the following events:

• Trunk-or-Treat from 4 to 7 p.m. at Doyle Field — no tricks, just treats at the annual trunk-or-treat event. If your business or community organization would like to participate by decorating your vehicle and passing out candy, contact Tina May or Police Chief Bobby Martin at 252-533-2810 to reserve your spot. Call Parks & Recreation at 252-533-2847, Extension 3, for more event information.

• Halloween Party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Chaloner Recreation Center — calling all ghouls, witches and ghosts to the inaugural Halloween Party. Enjoy food, games, treats and crafts all outdoors. Call Parks & Recreation at 252-533-2847, Extension 2, for more information.

The RRPD strongly encourages Halloween Trick-or-Treat activities from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

Households that do not wish to participate in trick-or-treating should shut off outdoor lights between 5 and 9 p.m. Trick-or-treaters are asked to be respectful of homes that are not hosting visitors.

Once again this year, area residents are encouraged to take appropriate health and safety precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, parents and guardians are encouraged to share the following Halloween safety tips with their children:

Walk safely

• Cross streets at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks when possible.

• Look left, right and left again when crossing.

• Put electronic devices down and keep heads up to remain alert.

• Walk, don’t run.

• Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

• Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick-or-Treat with an adult

• Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If older kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well-lit.

Keep costumes safe

• Wear costumes that are flame-resistant, bright and reflective.

• Choose non-toxic face paint and makeup over full-face masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

• Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.

• Ensure proper fit to avoid tripping hazards.

Drive with caution on Halloween

• Slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.

• Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.

• Enter and exit driveways and alley ways slowly and carefully.

• Eliminate distractions inside your vehicle, especially the use of smartphones, so you can always concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Although the City of Roanoke Rapids will officially recognize Halloween on Oct. 30, officials understand that some residents may choose to still celebrate on Oct. 31. Citizens are encouraged to always be safe and respectful of others.

For more Halloween safety tips, visit safekids.org.