Jack Frost, trick-or-treat information

By on October 26, 2011

Tonight, Oct. 26, the Ephrata VFW Jack Frost parade will step off at 7 p.m. on State Street.

This is the 60th year the VFW has hosted this children’s parade. There will be costume judging for Scariest, Funniest, Most Original, Most "Green," and Most Unusual.

Judges will be Mayor Ralph Mowen and Ephrata Police Chief William Harvey.

Food will be available for purchase.

The Ephrata High School Marching Unit will once again lead the parade on South State Street, between Fulton and Franklin streets.

The rain date for the event will be Thursday, Oct. 27.

Trick -or-treating in Lancaster County will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Ephrata Police Department suggests the following tips to make this Halloween enjoyable and safe one for all.

Tips for motorists:

? Obey speed limits.

? Watch for children walking along the road or who may run into the street.

? If you are going to a party, remember to designate a sober driver.

Tips for children:

? Walk, don’t run, when crossing streets.

? Remain on sidewalks and only cross streets at lighted intersections.

? Stay within neighborhoods you know.

? Look both ways for approaching cars before stepping off the curb.

? Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.

Tips for parents and guardians:

? Buy or make brightly-colored, highly-visible costumes for children that do not interfere with a child’s ability to see, hear or walk.

? Add strips of reflective tape to darker-colored costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

? Provide a flashlight or glow stick for children to carry.

? Always accompany children while they are trick-or-treating.

? Remind children to pay attention to their surroundings.

? Only give or accept wrapped or packaged candy.

??Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.

? Keep costumed children away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.

? Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers and swords. Substitute with foam rubber which is soft and flexible.

? Watch for traffic. More HALLOWEEN, page A5

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