Halloween 2011 Information
Sheriff Doug Cox eerily reminds all ghosts and goblins that this years hours
for trick-or-treating in the unincorporated haunted areas of
Johnson County, Indiana are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All little
ghosts and goblins should cease their candy grabbing no later than 9 p.m.
anywhere within haunted Johnson County.
Other hours for incorporated villages within our haunted county include:
Haunted Ville de Bargersville: 6 p.m. to 9
Vampire Den of Edinburgh: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Walking Dead of Franklin: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Terror in Greenwood: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Goblins Fluttering in New Whiteland: 6 p.m. to
English Style Hauntings in Trafalgar: 6 p.m. to
Whimpering Scared in Whiteland: 6 p.m. to 8
Just as we at the Sheriff's Office have fun with the above names,
we want YOU to have a fun and SAFE Halloween 2011. Here are a few safety
tips to remember to help insure that you and your ghosts and goblins will remain
safe this Halloween:
Plan your Halloween weekend ahead of time.
- Know which the official Trick-or-Treat times for your area and abide by
the hours designated. While some municipalities designate both
October 30th and October 31st as trick-or-treat nights, in Johnson County,
Halloween trick-or-treating is only slated to occur on Halloween - October 31,
- You have a number of choices of how you might wish to celebrate Halloween;
these events can occur on both weekend days and evenings.
- You can take your children to a sponsored event, or more than one event.
Churches, shopping centers and malls, city parks and recreation departments,
public libraries and schools can all be sponsors of trick or treat events
- You can do traditional house to house trick or treating.
- You can host a Halloween party so the kids have a safe place to be. A
video, apple cider, hot chocolate and pumpkins can go a long way in keeping
Plan your trick or treating route.
- If you live in an established child-oriented neighborhood, then you
probably already have your route planned.
- If you’re not certain what trick or treating route might be best, ask your
neighbors. People who walk their dogs or jog can often tell you exactly where
the safe, child-oriented neighborhoods are.
Make sure your children are costumed for safety.
- It’s really important for each child to have glow bands or sticks, or
reflective tape and flashlights so they can be seen in the dark.
- We suggest you design their "lighting" so you can easily identify them,
since we know kids tend to race around in the dark on this festive night.
You may want to create a special pattern with reflective tape for the back
of their costumes, or have a certain combination of glow band colors for
children under your care.
Be visible and present for the children throughout the Halloween
- Follow your children around, whether they like it or not.
- When the children knock on the door to get a treat, stand behind them on
the porch. That way the kids are free to enjoy themselves, and the person
opening the door can clearly see an adult is caring for these children.
- We recommend you remain just as present and just as vigilant at sponsored
events. All sorts of people attend these events, and occasionally someone who
is up-to-no-good will attend as well.
Prepare your children for Halloween safety.
- Provide each child with a wristband with your name and cell phone number.
Or, write this information on a piece of paper and place it in each child’s
- Remind them to not get near cars or into cars without your express
- Remind them of who they can ask for help if they get lost - look for one
of the many Sheriff's cars which will be patrolling in many
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you all a happy and safe Halloween!