After a week already full of trick or treating, Halloween has arrived, and as of Wednesday afternoon, is bringing heavy rains along with it. Monday, McDowell High School welcomed families with a trunk or treat in the student parking lot. On Tuesday, downtown businesses and the Marion Tailgate Market also saw hundreds of trick-or-treaters and their families dressed as animated characters, princesses, dinosaurs, pirates, ninjas, storm troopers, and more. Tonight’s Halloween celebrations are set to be filled with lots of candy all across McDowell County, and unfortunately lots of rain. In the event of bad weather tonight, the Town of Old Fort said their trunk-or-treat event will be held indoors at the Old Fort Depot. New Manna Baptist Church rescheduled their trunk or treat for Friday from 6-8 p.m.

»Town of Old Fort Trunk or Treat starting at 5:30 p.m. on Railroad Street. In the event of bad weather, it will move inside to the Depot.

»New Manna Baptist Church has canceled their Trunk or Treat event on Thursday, and rescheduled it for Friday from 6-8 p.m. in the church parking lot. There will be at least 40 trunks for kids to visit. Everyone is welcome.

»First United Methodist Church of Marion will have a Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. featuring face painting, treats, crazy hair color and games. The church is located across from Marion Elementary School.

»Cross United Methodist Church will have a Trunk or Treat on Thursday, Oct. 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. with free candy and popcorn. The church is located at 85 W. Cross St., just past Blue Ridge Terrace Apts. in Marion.

»North Cove Baptist Church will have a Trunk or Treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31 starting at 5:30 p.m.

»Carson’s Chapel is having a Trunk or Treat event on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be decorated trunks to visit, tons of candy, and a raffle to win a $25 Walmart gift card. Everyone is welcome. 

Check out these tips from the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office:

•Watch for children darting out from between parked cars.

•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.

Parents:

• Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.

• Check the sex offender registry at www.ncdoj.gov when planning your child’s trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders’ addresses in your neighborhood and sign up to get email alerts when an offender moves nearby.

• Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children’s companions.

• Make sure older kids trick-or-treat in a group.

• Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.

• Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home.

• Establish a return time.

• Tell your youngsters not to eat any treats until they return home.

• Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.

• All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

• Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.

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While Trick-or-Treating:

Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.

Walk; do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.

Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.

Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks.

Treats:

Give children an early meal before going out.

Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.

Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.

Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped or has a strange odor, color, or texture.

Homeowners/Decorations:

Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame.

Remove obstacles from lawns, steps, and porches when expecting trick-or-treaters.

Keep candles and Jack O’ Lanterns away from curtains, decorations, and other combustibles that could catch fire.

Do not leave your house unattended.

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