The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce is still collecting Halloween candy that will be dropped off at downtown businesses prior to the Oct. 31 annual treat-or-treating event for children.
Bags of individually wrapped candy can be brought to the chamber office, 404 W. Second St., during regular business hours. For more information, call 541-296-2231.
Children are invited to visit businesses Friday with an orange pumpkin sign in the window that was created by The Dalles Main Street. Trick-or-treating will take place downtown from 3 to 5 p.m.
Following that event will be “Monsters in the Park after Dark,” at City Park, Fifth and Union streets, that is sponsored by Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation. Festivities include a costume contest, donut eating race, skeleton relay, arts/crafts, light refreshments and more. For more information call Park and Rec at 541-296-9533.
Other good spots for trick-or-treating includes The Springs at Mill Creek, 1201 W. 10th St., which will welcome children from 3 to 5 p.m. and Flagstone Senior Living, 3325 Columbia View Dr., where candy will be passed out from 6 to 7 p.m.
Children are not the only ones to have an event planned for Halloween. Sawyer’s True Value in The Dalles, 500 E. Third St., is sponsoring the Howloween Pet Promenade from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Dress animals in a costume and bring them in for a picture that will be placed on Sawyer’s Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded.
The City of The Dalles offers this information for a safe and happy Halloween, which is the most dangerous day of the year for children under the age of 18. According to statistics provided by the Children’s Safety network and distributed through OregonImpact.org., twice as many children die on Halloween as compared to other days.
Following are some safety tips that parents are urged to incorporate into the evening:
• Costumes should be made of fireproof fabric and include reflectors and bright colors. •Costumes should not obstruct vision or movement.
•Use flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
•Adults should accompany children under 12. Children over 12 should go in groups and stick to familiar areas.
• Always cross at street corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
•Look left-right-left when crossing a street and keep eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you.
•Watch out for cars backing out of driveways.