GALION — It’s that time of year again, when ghosts, ninja turtles, super heroes, witches and other odd forms of life come to life.
Halloween is approaching and there are plenty of places in the Galion area to celebrate this annual favorite.
Galion’s trick-or-treat is Sunday, Oct. 27, from 2-4 p.m. Watch out for kids in costumes as you make your way through busy neighborhoods on Sunday afternoon.
On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., kids are invited to a Happy Halloween Party at Galion Public Library. There will be crafts for kids to do and they can trick-or-treat from 1-2 p.m. Also, the movie “Hotel Transylvania” will be shown at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
While out celebrating on Sunday, take a little detour to the Galion Historical Society, where volunteers hope you will make Brownella Cottage a stop on your trick-or-treat path. The house also will be open for trick-or-treaters Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Brownella Cottage is at 132 S. Union St. Take a short walk through the main floor of the cottage to see it decorated for Halloween as volunteers hand out candy.
And speaking of Brownella. Have you ever wondered what is in the Brownella attic? Or the basement? Or the servant’s quarters? Go full access at Brownella Cottage on Halloween night. Thursday, Oct. 31.
The Galion Historical Society invites you to a Behind-the-Scenes Halloween at Brownella Cottage. Visitors will get a chance to tour the house as never before as members will allow access to areas normally restricted during regular house tours.
Halloween night tours will be given in the dark. So participants are asked to bring their own flashlight, although there will be a few extras available. Visitors may bump into some historical figures during the tour.
Tours will kick-off at 6 p.m. and leave off every half hour until the last tour at 8:30 p.m. Tour admission is $10 per person and tickets are sold at the event. No reservations are required. The Galion History Museum and gift shop located in the Brownella Carriage house will be open for the duration of the event. Light refreshments will be served. And a reminder, all tours will require lots of walking and multiple flights of stairs.
Here are a few tips to help trick-or-treaters stay safe.
- Cross the street at corners (intersections), using traffic signals and crosswalks.
- Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
- Put electronic devices (cell phones) down and keep heads up. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Keep costumes creative. safe
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- Make sure you or your child’s costume is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
While you are out and about with friends or with the kids, considering stopping by Brownella Cottage during trick-or-treat Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Brownella Cottage also will be open for some behind-the-scenes action Oct. 31.