Message From the Mayor

Dear Friends,

October is such a fun month in Opelika. It’s a time for family and friends to put on their scariest costumes and hit the streets in search of the best candy and most elaborate decorations. It’s also a time for us to remind ourselves about safety on an extremely busy and high traffic night.  

From the National Safety Council and the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Costume Safety

Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won't cause safety hazards.

  • All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant
  • Avoid masks, which can obstruct vision
  • If children are allowed out after dark, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and bags, or give them glow sticks
  • When buying Halloween makeup, make sure it is nontoxic and always test it in a small area first
  • Remove all makeup before children go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation

When They're on the Prowl

  • A responsible adult should accompany young children on the neighborhood rounds
  • If your older children are going alone, plan and review a route acceptable to you
  • Agree on a specific time children should return home
  • Teach your children never to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and stick with their friends
  • Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home
  • Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don't run, across the street

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully
  • At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing
  • Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween

I hope you have fun and get lots of treats this year. Trick or Treating is October 31 from 5 – 8 p.m. Lewis Cooper Jr. Memorial Library is hosting the Hallows on October 26 from 10 a.m. - Noon. And our Parks and Rec Department is also offering a number of great events as you'll see below. Come out and enjoy the festivities. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Event Schedule

Warmest Regards,

Mayor Gary Fuller's Signature

Gary Fuller