Ready for Trick-Or-Treaters?

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It's time for tricks and treats ... but mostly treats.

Stateline Area communities have set Trick or Treat times and have planned special Halloween events for youngsters.

Beloit will welcome Trick-or-Treaters from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, but there also are plenty of other spirited fun offered in the Stateline Area.

Besides going door-to-door trolling for treats, youngsters can check out some upcoming Halloween activities.

The Spooktacular Fall Carnival will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday at the Stateline Family YMCA, 1865 Riverside Drive, Beloit. The carnival will include a ounce house, face painting, cookie decorating and more. The event is being held in partnership with Blackhawk Technical College's Student Network of Activities and Programming (SNAP). Most games cost 25 cents each. For information, contact the Stateline Family YMCA at 608-365-2261.

The Downtown Beloit Halloween celebration will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Activities will kick off when costumed children gather in Horace White Park at the corner of Park and Grand avenues for the Halloween costume parade. Children will be able to gather treats at designated businesses in downtown Beloit. There also will be children's activities in the area of the Farmers Market. There also will be readings of scary stories at Turtle Creek Bookstore.

South Beloit offers a collection of attractions at 6512 Manchester Road. At that address, you can find the Haunted Barn, the Blood Creek Haunted Hayride and the Screamatorium. There also are concessions, gifts and T-shirts for sale. The attractions are open weekdays from 7 - 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 - 11 p.m. and Sunday from 7 - 10 p.m.

The Feast of the New Waxing Moon will take place from 4 - 8 p.m. Saturday at Beckman Mill Park. The event, sponsored by the Welty Environmental Center, will feature a variety of outdoor activities.

People can bring their carved Jack-o-lanterns to display for a special contest. Money jars will be set out and the Jack-o-lantern that collects the most money will be the winner. Apple cider will be available as well as "stone soup." For information, contact the Welty Environmental Center at 608-361-1377.

As Trick-or-Treaters head out to collect candy, law enforcement officers recommend some safety tips to keep the holiday safe and fun. The Rock County Sheriff's Office recommends children be accompanied by a responsible adult while going door-to-door.

Trick-or-treaters should stick with the neighborhoods they are familiar with. If children are old enough to go out on their own, they should carry a cell phone and parent should set a time for them to be home.

Giving a glow-stick or flashlight to trick-or-treaters will make them more visible to motorists on the streets on Halloween. Motorists also should be extra cautious on Halloween and they should be on the look out for youngsters on the streets. Trick-or-treaters should cross streets at the cross-walk and not run across streets. Also, costumes should be made of flame-retardant material.

Trick or Treat Hours

The following is a list of Trick or Treat hours in Stateline Area communities on Halloween, Oct. 31.

Beloit - 5 - 7 p.m.

Town of Beloit - 5 - 7 p.m.

South Beloit - 5 - 7 p.m.

Clinton - 4 - 7 p.m.

Orfordville - 5 - 7 p.m.

Rockton - 5 - 8 p.m.

Roscoe - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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