Several groups and nursing facilities to hand out candy

Halloween is a time for children to dress up as their favorite character, go trick-or-treating and have fun. It is also a time for parents to make sure their children have a safe Halloween.

There are several places in Mexico for the children to have a safe night.

A trunk or treat event will be held downtown around the Village Square. Organizations and churches will have candy and some games for the youngsters. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

Nursing homes and residential care facilities will also help the children with a safe night, by handing out candy as follows:

King's Daughters Home, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Pin Oaks Living Center, 4 to 5 p.m.

Missouri Veterans' Home, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Arbors at Lakeview Bend, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Teal Lake Assisted Living, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Essex of Mexico will hand out candy beginning at 4 p.m. and at 6 p.m. with have a costume party, hot dogs, chips and face painting for the trick-or-treaters.

The Mexico Public Safety Department also wants everyone to be safe Halloween night and reminds everyone to follow basic safety rules so they can have a safe and happy evening.

Trick-or-Treaters should travel in groups monitored by an adult or responsible older person. Trick-or-Treaters should not go to houses with lights off, avoid costumes that are tripping hazards, carry a light, and have a cell phone available. They should also only go to neighborhoods they are familiar with, be careful wearing masks that reduce vision, use sidewalks when possible, and remember that drivers may not see them, particularly if they are wearing darker costumes.

Homeowners should try to make sure that walkways are lit and free from obstructions if they are encouraging trick-or-treaters. Open flames as decorations should also be avoided.

Drivers should remember that there could be a significant increase in foot traffic, particularly in residential areas, so drive slowly and carefully.