Shepherdstown will find its streets filled with ghosts, goblins and all sorts of characters on Wednesday evening, Oct. 31. Children and adults alike will be out in force to celebrate with elaborate costumes and a search for more treats than tricks.
Those treats will be easy to find as Shepherd University will host its 12th annual Shep-or-Treat Halloween event 7 to 9 p.m. All faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to bring their children (ages 14 and under) for a fun night of festivities in the residence halls, Student Center, Dining Hall and Wellness Center.
Before the Shep-or-Treat festivities begin, Shepherd's Dining Services will be hosting a spooktacular kid-friendly all-you-can-eat dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The dinner is $7 for adults and $3 for kids ages three to seven.
Shep-or-Treat is a campus-wide community service event where the students and staff of Shepherd plan and coordinate fun Halloween activities all over campus. Events will include a carnival, trick-or-treating, cookie decorating, a costume contest, kid-friendly crafts, an ooey gooey party, Halloween photo opportunities and haunted house. Campus residence halls, Student Government Association, Greek organizations, Wellness Center and other student organizations work together to make this a fun, free evening for all.
The town will hold trick or treating on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Hours will run from 6 to 8 p.m. within the town limits. Local businesses will participate in providing treats to all those who visit their location.
While heading out, remember there are safety precautions to keep in mind. Make sure that children under 12 are accompanied by adults and that older teens travel in a group of friends. Decide before leaving home what route to take to make the most of the time out trick or treating.
Those driving in town are reminded to travel slowly as the number of children on the streets will grow with each minute. Children and other pedestrians should heed traffic and stay on the sidewalks as much as possible. Be respectful of people's property and don't walk across yards or through flowerbeds.
The Halloween tradition of receiving treats is looked forward to for weeks prior; just be reminded that safety is essential. Remind children that candy should not be eaten if it is not sealed in its original packaging. And remember, too, that outside lights on a porch welcome those seeking a treat; dark homes do not.