Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Clayton Halloween Events & Activities

In Clayton, Halloween has historically been observed on the date it falls on the calendar, and this year it is a Sunday. Neighboring municipalities that observe Halloween on the date it falls on the calendar include Selma, Garner, Zebulon, Raleigh, and Wake Forest.

The Town of Clayton Parks and Recreation has two special events for our young citizens:

Halloween Fun Ride on Friday, October 22 for ages 12 & under ($5/child, parents ride free with each paid child): Meet Halloween characters, play games and win prizes as you ride around the trail at the park at Clayton Community Park.

Halloween Parade on Friday, October 29: Trick-or-Treaters will be treated by Main Street businesses as they make their way to the Town Square for games, activities, and more treats. The route begins at parking lot on Main Street and Lombard Street and ends at the Clayton Town Square.

Below is a resolution that was included in the Council’s September 20th agenda packet and is slated for the October 4th agenda for action. The intent of the resolution is to provide safety tips and guidelines for persons who choose to partake in Halloween activities.


BE IT RESOLVED BY THE Town Council of the Town of Clayton that residents who desire to participate in traditional Halloween Trick-or-Treating observe certain safety, courtesy and common sense guidelines to protect participants and preserve the peace for non-participants. And, be it resolved that the Town Council suggests the following guidelines:

That Halloween Trick-or-Treating should take place on the actual Halloween holiday, Sunday, October 31, 2010, and should be restricted to children under the age of 13.

That all children taking part in Trick-or-Treating should be clothed in safe costumes, featuring materials that can be seen in the dark by motorists and masks that do not obstruct the children’s vision.

That all children or groups of children taking part in Trick-or-Treating should be accompanied by a responsible older person who can protect the children from harm.

That Trick-or-Treating is conducted during reasonable hours, preferably between early evening and 8:30 p.m.

That those who choose not to participate in Halloween indicate so to others by leaving their porch lights off; and, that participants respect the wishes of those who choose not to participate in Halloween by not visiting homes where porch lights are off.

That children Trick-or-Treat in their own neighborhoods, visiting only familiar homes.

That parents and/or guardians inspect collected treats carefully before children consume them.

That suspicious activities or collected treats that show signs of tampering be reported immediately to the Clayton Police Department.

That persons over the age of 12 wanting to participate in Halloween by wearing a costume should not wear masks.

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