Editorial: Watch out for local goblins on Halloween

Goblins, cowboys, princesses and cartoon characters of all sorts took to the streets of downtown Seymour on Monday night for the annual Seymour Evening Lions Club Halloween Parade and costume contest and Seymour Main Street Downtown Trick or Treat night.

On Wednesday, many of those same children and others will hit the streets of our neighborhoods across Jackson County for the annual rite of trick or treating. We offer a hearty thumbs up to the Lions Club for staging its parade and costume contest, as well as another to Seymour Main Street, which again sponsored its Downtown Trick or Treat night just ahead of the parade.

Pairing those events was a stroke of genius, bringing families together for a fun-filled evening and filling downtown sidewalks.

We also offer a thumbs up to those downtown merchants and service providers who participate in the Trick or Treat night, opening their doors to children and offering treats.

Another thumbs up goes out to Seymour Jaycees, which continues to operate one of the region’s — heck, the nation’s — top Halloween attractions. It might not be for everyone, but Fear Fair is attracting thousands of visitors to its Freeman Field haunt each year and raising thousands of dollars for local service projects.

And let’s not forget area churches that plan trunk-or-treat and other events aimed at taking the scariness out of the day.

But we’d be remiss not to also take time to remind parents that there are folks out there who might want to do your children harm and of the possible dangers of simply walking down the street in costume and in the dark.

Following safety tips such as accompanying young children on their rounds, walking rather than running, walking with a lighting device and checking those treats before consuming them can go a long way toward making sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

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