The Jamestown Police Department is encouraging parents and children to celebrate Halloween by attending the annual Halloween Fun-Fest, co-sponsored by the city of Jamestown.
The event will be held at the former Allen Park Ice Rink on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. There is no charge to attend the event.
For those who choose to trick-or-treat door to door in the city's neighborhoods, hours are from 6-8 p.m. Jamestown Police will provide additional patrols of neighborhood streets throughout the evening.
The JPD offers the following tips to help parents ensure their children enjoy a safe Halloween:
Children should wear light-colored, flame-retardent, short costumes to avoid tripping and falling.
Reflective tape should be added to costumes.
Carry a flashlight.
Use makeup instead of masks, which can be uncomfortable and obstruct vision.
Children should trick-or-treat in groups, accompanied by an adult in their neighborhood.
Visit only homes with outside lights on.
Give and accept only wrapped candy.
Instruct children to not eat candy until they get home. Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.
Keep costumed children away from pets that may not recognize them.
Avoid hard plastic or wooden props.
Watch for traffic.
JPD encourages all citizens to be especially aware and alert of activity in their neighborhoods on Halloween night. Notify JPD of any potentially dangerous or criminal activity.
For those who have concerns regarding sex offenders, the national registry is at nsopr.gov.
Trick-or-treat hours throughout the area are as follows (all Thursday):
Ashville: 5-7 p.m.
Bemus Point: 6-8 p.m.
Busti: 6-8 p.m.
Carroll: 5-8 p.m.
Cassadaga: 5-7 p.m., parade at 7 p.m.
Cattaraugus: 6-8 p.m.
Celoron: 5:30-8 p.m.
Clymer: 5-7:30 p.m.
Ellery: 6-8 p.m.
Ellicott: 5:30-7 p.m.
Ellington: 5-7 p.m.
Falconer: 5:30-7 p.m.
Findley Lake: 5-7 p.m.
Gerry: 5-7 p.m., costume judging at Gerry Fire Hall, 7 p.m.
Harmony: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jamestown: 6-8 p.m.
Lakewood: 6-8 p.m., parade at 5:30 p.m.
Mayville: 5-7 p.m.
Panama: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Poland: 5-7 p.m.
Randolph: 6-7:30 p.m.
Ripley: 6-8 p.m.
Salamanca: 6-8 p.m.
Sherman: 5-7 p.m.
Westfield: 6-8 p.m.