By Neale Gulley
The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Halloween hours have been set for trick-or-treaters this evening, with Kenmore and the City of Tonawanda each designating a two-hour span from 6 to 8 p.m., and 5 to 8 p.m. in North Tonawanda.
The times, set by each municipalities’ mayor, are set aside for trick-or-treaters in order to help them and residents alike know what to expect, police officials say.
“Set hours, from a police perspective, helps us out big time,” City of Tonawanda Lt. Fredric Foels said. “Because after 8 o’clock when its dark, if you’ve got kids knocking on doors at 10 o’clock people get a little jittery.”
Police patrols will be bumped up in the city, as well, Foels said, ensuring that cars can be found in any part of the city during the evening.
“There should be a black-and-white in every part of the city,” he said.
In North Tonawanda, Police Chief Randy Szukala said patrols will be as they are normally, with the added presence of police auxiliary vehicles to maintain order during the evening’s revelry.
On the subject of safety, both Foels and Szukala said darkness and potentially rainy weather means kids and parents should consider using blinking lights or reflective tape — or even just light colors — to boost their visibility. Drivers are advised to consider traveling below the speed limit when approaching large crowds of youngsters going door to door.
Foels also reminded kids and parents to be aware of what houses are participating and which may not be.
“If there’s a porch light on or an outside light or you see lights on in the house, those people may be welcoming trick or treaters,” he said. “But you need to be aware if someone isn’t home or they aren’t participating or don’t have the wherewithal to provide candy. Be mindful of that and just skip on to the next house.”
As for the vandalism so often associated with the holiday, especially preceding Halloween, both police officials said things haven’t been too bad in the Twin Cities.
“Anytime you get groups together, sometimes unfortunately when the older ones get together instead of carrying on with the Halloween traditions they want to be aggressive and smash pumpkins and that kind of thing,” he said. “But it seems to be quieter. What I’m finding is that it seems like there are maybe fewer older kids going out. There are sometimes more structured parties for them to go to. But it’s nice to see the little ones in their costumes and that’s what it’s really there for, so they can dress up and come out.”
Several structured events and parties are scheduled throughout the area today. Here’s a partial list:
• Frontier Volunteer Fire Company will offer a free Halloween Haunted House Safe-House from 4 to 8 p.m. at the fire hall, 2179 River Road, Wheatfield. The event will include a puppet show and treats.
• A Halloween parade will take place at 6 p.m. starting at the corner of Wardman Avenue and Delaware Road in Kenmore, sponsored by the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department. The parade ends at the Kenmore Fire Department, 16 Nash Road.
• Children through sixth-grade are invited to a safe, family-friendly event from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 2525 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.
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