Our thoughts Trick or treat

The Covington News - - OPINION -

This is the time of year that can be awe-in­spir­ing. It can also be scary…scary as in a were­wolf chas­ing you through a ceme­tery with a chain­saw. And we’re not just talk­ing about the 2016 elec­tion.

We’re in the midst of fall with its vi­brant col­ors, cool breezes and de­li­cious fla­vors. That also brings with it Hal­loween; a time for cute princesses, tiny su­per­heroes and adorably dressed pump­kins and punk­ins.

For those dressed to im­press and quick to lit­er­ally take candy from strangers, we urge safety.

There are many tips on­line, in this news­pa­per, from your schools, churches and lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers. Above all, the most im­por­tant tip is to be in­volved.

Sev­eral ar­eas will have ex­tra of­fi­cers pa­trolling, as Clarks Grove and Cov­ing­ton Place will have streets closed. So you know the po­lice will be that much closer.

The Cov­ing­ton Square also of­fers a great place for chil­dren to en­joy treats with­out hav­ing to worry about tricks.

The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment will also be spon­sor­ing their an­nual Scare on the Square. Our lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cers will hand out candy from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in an area closed off to traf­fic.

No doubt hun­dreds of cos­tumes will be on hand, some fa­mil­iar and some cre­ative.

Most of us can re­mem­ber that one cos­tume that you made as a kid… an idea that you had, the plans you put into ac­tion for your cre­ation to come out just as you had en­vi­sioned. Of course, none of us ac­tu­ally looked like the ro­bot, mail­box, or mer­maid that we had en­vi­sioned, but our imag­i­na­tions told us other­wise.

While see­ing a tiny car­bon-copy of Iron Man, Mickey Mouse or minia­ture po­lit­i­cal fig­ures are amus­ing, the most orig­i­nal cos­tumes are also the most en­joy­able for those hand­ing out candy.

Re­gard­less of how you choose to cel­e­brate Hal­loween, go ahead and cel­e­brate. Pre­pare your home to greet fam­i­lies and kids safely, re­spect­fully, fright­fully and full of fun. Dress up – that goes for you adults too (if per­mis­si­ble at your of­fice). At­tend a trunk-or-treat event at a lo­cal church. Visit a nurs­ing home with your kids in cos­tume. At­tend Scare on the Square. Host a Hal­loween af­ter­school party (it is, af­ter all, Mon­day night and there is school the next day).

Hal­loween can be a com­mu­nity event that makes New­ton County proud.

We at The Cov­ing­ton News have been telling the story of your life for more than 150 years. We have seen some pretty unique, cute, awe-in­spir­ing cos­tumes and have printed many of them.

We cur­rently have a Cutest Kid Cos­tume con­test. The Cov­ing­ton News is your home­town news­pa­per and we want to cel­e­brate your kids, your fam­ily, and our com­mu­nity. We have part­nered with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Who Care to spon­sor this photo con­test.

A win­ner will be printed in Nov. 6 edi­tion of this news­pa­per and re­ceive a $100 gift card to Wal­mart.

So, snap a photo of your child or grand­child and sub­mit it via our web­site. Then share it with all your friends and fam­ily to get them to vote! Who knows – your lit­tle pump­kin might win the hearts of the com­mu­nity!

Who­ever wins the con­test, we all win by cel­e­brat­ing Hal­loween to­gether in a fun, safe, com­mu­nity-ori­ented way.

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