AUBURN, Mass. – Hurricane Sandy might have been a scary storm for some, but it won’t be scaring kids from trick-or-treating in Auburn on Wednesday night.
Town officials have kept the trick-or-treating hours from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 31.
But before kids hit the neighborhoods at night, there will be additional Halloween activities around town and in the schools:
Halloween Lunch: The Auburn Senior Center will host a Halloween lunch with festivities at 11:30 a.m. Guests can wear costumes, and the center will have a contest to pick the most interesting getup. Prizes will be awarded. At 11:45 a.m., punch and treats will be served. Lunch includes Swedish meatballs with egg noodles, in addition to Halloween cake.
Halloween Parades: The Auburn elementary schools will have Halloween parades in the afternoon. Bryn Mawr’s is from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; Mary D. Stone’s is from 1:15 to 2 p.m.; Julia Bancroft’s is from 2 to 2:30 p.m.; and Pakachoag’s is from 2:10 to 2:30 p.m.
Trick-or-Treat at Auburn Mall: Children and adults are invited to wear costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the Auburn Mall from 3 to 5 p.m. Come dressed in your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat throughout the mall at participating retailers that have a “Get Your Treats Here” sign in the window. There is no charge for this treat. Individuals may not wear face masks or have fully-painted faces.
Brian Kennedy, school resource officer for the Auburn Police Department, said Halloween is fun, but it can be even more fun if kids practice these Halloween safety tips:
- Make sure your costume fits. It is easy to trip on costumes that are too long and shoes that are too big. Keep costumes short to prevent falling.
- Wear masks on top of your head when walking from house to house. This will make it easier for you to see anything on the ground that would cause you to trip and fall.
- Wear brightly colored clothing or put reflective tape on costumes to make you more visible. Glow sticks are also a good idea to carry so cars can see you.
- Go trick-or-treating with a parent or another grown up. Trick-or-treaters should always be in a group so they aren’t tempting targets for real-life goblins (strangers).
- Use the buddy system. Trick-or-treat with friends and stay with the group. Don’t wander off alone or go up to a house by yourself.
- Visit only people you know and only stop at the houses with the outside lights on.
- Carry a flashlight.
- Do not enter a stranger’s house or go near a stranger’s car.
- Do not eat treats until your Mom or Dad checks them when you get home.
- Most importantly, have fun!