Trick-or-Treating hours are 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 31

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Halloween is set to be celebrated from 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, in Benson.  Parents and adults are reminded that the safety of our children should be the primary concern during this holiday, the Benson Police Department says.

It offers the following tips and suggestions, to keep kids safe:

  1. All treats should be checked for tampering before eaten.  If you have any doubts, call the Benson Police Department at 843-4790.
  2. Accept homemade treats only from those you personally know.
  3. Provide protection for both your children and other children by providing an escort for them yourself, or by an older sibling.
  4. Remember safety as you dress for Halloween.  Take a flashlight and wear something light colored and short enough to prevent tripping.  Add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of costume.  Make sure masks do not interfere with visibility.  Paint-on makeup may be safer.
  5. Be safety conscious as you make the rounds.  Stay on sidewalks and streets close to the curb.  Cross roads carefully and watch for traffic.
  6. Keep costumed children away from pets.  The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  7. Trick or treat only at houses with a porch light on.

The Benson Police Department also reminds drivers to be extra cautious when driving around town during Halloween.


Trick-or-treating for Food Shelf set for Halloween Monday

The annual Trick or Treating for the Food Shelf is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31, the same time as the regular trick or treating festivities.  This event is sponsored by the Benson Student Council, the We Day group, and Business Professionals of America.  

The communities of Swift Falls, Danvers, DeGraff, Clontarf, and Benson will be solicited provided there is enough help.  Non-perishable food items will be collected from homes with their lights on.  If you are not home, but would like to donate, please leave a bag on your front steps with the lights on.

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