Message From the Mayor
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:
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!