10-24-12-pumpkin.gifHalloween is coming; Wednesday, Oct. 31, and this year like many years in the past will be full of new costume characters mixed with those from the past. Local police departments wants to make sure that we all have a great time and to make sure that safety is our number one priority. They have provided us with a few safety tips for Halloween Night.

While our little ghost, goblins and princesses are out and about on the evening of Oct. 31, let’s make sure that their safety will be your number one priority. If you remember the following tips provided by the local police departments, the residents of Cumberland County, Spring Lake and Fort Bragg should have yet another successful evening filled with fun, excitement and safety.

The police departments offered these safety guidelines:

• Motorists should watch for children darting out from between parked cars, crossing streets and walking on roadways.

• Parents should accompany trick-or-treaters

• Children should not eat any treat until a parent inspects it.

• Children should have their name, address and phone number on their costumes in case they become lost.

• Children should not enter homes without adult supervision.

Parents should keep in mind the appropriate age for children to trick-or-treat. In cities throughout the United States, the age limit for trick-or-treating stops at the age of 12. If your child is over the age of 12, you may want to find another fun way for them to celebrate the holiday.

This year you will be able to trick or treat with your children from 6 to 8 p.m. in Cumberland County, Spring Lake and Fort Bragg. Enjoy and remember, stay safe. Check with your local police department for additional information. Also, check out the local events that will be featured for Halloween in the Up and Coming Weekly.

The Downtown Alliance hosts Trick or Treat Candy stop from 4-6 p.m. on Oct. 31. Visit the stores and businesses and remember to wear your best costume. Find out more at

Cross Creek Mall invites trick or treaters to come and have a haunting good time on Oct. 31. From 4-6 p.m. retailers throughout the mall will hand out goodies to ghosties and goblins who come to their stores. No masks for children 12 and older please. Mom and Dad, bring the kids and enjoy great deals and specials at many of the stores. Find out more at

On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, get an early start and come trick or treating. There will be a scavenger hunt, costume contest and traditional carnival games that the kids are sure to enjoy. Visit for more information.

Fort Bragg has plenty going on to celebrate this spooky time of year. Sports USA hosts a family Halloween party between 10 a.m. and noon on Oct. 27. Scheduled activities include pumpkin carving games, bounces houses and more. Wear a costume. There will be a costume contest, too.

Dragon Lanes and Airborne Lanes are open for Halloween bowling for kids from 1-4 p.m. For $5 enjoy two games, shoe rental, a hot dog and a soda. Kids, wear a costume, there is a contest here, too.

On Oct. 31, Throckmorton Library is offering Halloween Story time at 11 a.m. Tolson Youth Activities Center has a Halloween Carnival planned for Oct. 31. From 6-8 p.m. kids can enjoy candy, games and fun. There will be a costume contest at 8:30 p.m.

Find out more about what is going on at Fort Bragg at

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