Tricks, treats and safety

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm The City of Warren Police want to remind people to walk in groups and always communicate where you are going.

Trick or Treat goes down tonight.

But those taking part in Halloween festivities need to take precautions to ensure the safety of everyone. Trick or treating in the City of Warren will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

“Warren Police are working with community volunteers to assist children in safely crossing the street at selected intersections in Warren. The volunteers are from the Warren Alliance Church and will be wearing reflective vests to identify themselves,” said Chief of Police for the City of Warren Brandon Deppen.

Volunteers will be stationed at: Buchanan St. and Jackson Ave.; Madison Ave. and Central Ave.; Madison Ave. and Hammond St.; Main Ave. and Wayne St.; Fourth Ave. and Poplar St.; Fifth Ave. and East St.; Third Ave. and East St.; Second Ave. and Market St.; Conewango Ave. and Alexander St.; and Connecticut St. and Conewango Ave.

Deppen also reminded trick or treaters that they can increase their personal safety by observing a few basic precautions:

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm The City of Warren Police want to remind people to trick or treat in well-known neighborhoods that are well-lit and to only approach homes with a front porch light on.

Use a flashlight to increase visibility. Walk slowly in groups and communicate where you’re going.

Trick or treat only in well-known neighborhoods and only at homes with the porch light on.

Remain on well-lit streets and use the sidewalk. Always walk on the farthest edge of the road facing traffic and never cut across yards or use alleys.

Walk — never run — across streets. If you must cross the street, do so in your group and only at established crosswalks.

Remove masks and any items that could potentially limit your vision before crossing streets. Do not assume the right-of-way.

Never consume any unwrapped food or drinks. Inspect all candy thoroughly before consuming it and report any suspicious or unlawful activity immediately to authorities.

In addition to traditional trick-or-treat activities, a variety of alternative Halloween events are planned. Events Wednesday include:

¯ Family Halloween Party – Wellspring Home and Garden, 110 E. St. Clair St. (the old Ekey’s Garden Shop building), 3 to 8 p.m. Music, treats, and a costume contest will be held. Photos will be taken and judging will occur after the party ends, so that everyone can take part. Categories are scariest, best homemade, and cutest. The event is geared toward grade school children and their parents.

¯ Broken Creek Sanitarium Haunted House – Warren Area Student Union, 6 to 9 p.m. The haunted house is a production of the creativity of the youth of Warren County. They create the theme, produce and build props, and are the terrifying characters in each production. It is recommended an adult accompany any children under 10.

¯ Fall Festival – Warren First Church of the Nazarene, 6 to 8 p.m. Rain or shine, get out of the wet and cold and join us inside for the annual Warren First Church of the Nazarene Fall Festival.

¯ Halloween in the Park – North Warren Presbyterian Church, 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to all community members. Hot dogs, chips, cider, hot cocoa, and coffee, and of course candy are available.

¯ Trunk or Treat – Warren Wesleyan Church, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Join us during Warren City Halloween hours as we show off our decorated cars in the church front lawn. Receive candy from all cars, vote for your favorite decorated car, and stay and chat while enjoying hot dogs and hot chocolate.

¯Trunk or Treat – Jefferson Defrees Family Center, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the JDFC and a few other local businesses for Trunk or Treat this Halloween. We will have cars set up in the United Refining parking lot in front of our building. In case of inclement weather our Trunk or Treat will be moved indoors. There will be Pokemon themed games to play as well.

¯Trunk or Treat – Youngsville Free Methodist Church, 6 to 8 p.m. All ages are welcome to join us for indoor Trick or Treating on Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. We will have games, prizes, hot dogs, chili, snacks, and lots of candy.

¯Trunk or Treat – Calvary Baptist Church, 6 p.m. Come join us for our harvest party and trunk or treat in the church parking lot. Treats, popcorn, prizes, coffee, and hot cocoa available.

¯ Trunk or Treat – First Lutheran /First Presbyterian Church parking lot, 6 to 8 p.m. Join us for trunk or treating from decorated cars in the parking lot, with crafts, refreshments, and games inside.