BOISE -- Spooks and specters beware! Trick-or-treaters take cover!
KTVB made a list of local Halloween events for kids, photos of homes that are dressed up for the occasion, and tips for scoring candy from your neighbors.
So whether you're taking your kids out on the town, handing out goodies at home, or just on the lookout for interesting scenery -- we've got you covered with this handy Halloween guide.
Whats more: today could be one of the warmest Halloweens Idaho has seen in recent years. That's good news for those planning to be outside Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to be in the 70s thoughout the day. Full forecast here.
This year's selection of 'haunted' houses in downtown Boise is getting a lot of looks from passers-by.
Of course, not all houses are decorated in "terrifying" Halloween style. Some sport signs that declare "Happy Harvest." Others are simply offering pumpkins -- including the notable house on Harrion Blvd. with over 100 carved jack o'lanterns on its doorstep.
Are you the proud owner of a Halloween or harvest-themed home? Send us your pictures!
EVENTS FOR KIDS
Trick-or-treating at the Canyon County Courthouse
Canyon County is continuing their annual tradition this year of hosting trick-or-treaters at the courthouse on Halloween.
Kids are encouraged to dress up and come to the courthouse between the hours of 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st, where they can go from office to office collecting candy and treats from the employees.
Trick or Treat at the Capitol
Governor Otter and First Lady Lori Otter host the third annual "Trick or Treat at the Capitol" from 3:30 to 6 p.m., or until supplies last. south steps, on of the Capitol, Boise.
A costume contest will take place at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Idaho Historical Figure, Book or Movie Character, Scariest, and Most Creative. Age categories for the contest include children 1-6 years old and 7-14 years old.
The Governor and First Lady will personally hand out Halloween candy donated by the Wal-Mart in Meridian and a variety of other treats donated by Blue Cross of Idaho and the Idaho State Dental Association.
Throughout the event, the First Lady also will be handing out copies of "Ida Visits the Capitol," her educational and entertaining children's book designed to inform young people about our great state.
Trick or Treat, Nampa
Downtown Nampa's Trick or Treat event will include downtown businesses, police officers, firefighters,and the Nampa Mayor's Teen Council handing out candy to children between 3 and 5 p.m.
'Doughnuts for costumes'
Krispy Kreme will give a free Halloween or Pumpkin Spice doughnut on Halloween for those who wear their costume.
Trick-or-treating at the Idaho Childrens' Home
The historic childrens' home on Warm Springs Avenue in Boise was once an orphanage, and is rumored to be haunted. The staff of the modern childrens' home will be on site tonight handing out candy on the porch of the giant, stone building.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
Boise Police will be out in full force making sure your little ones are safe on Halloween night.
'Operation Lights Out' will ensure that known area sex offenders don't have their porch or outside lights on during trick-or-treating. Police plan to monitor and check these areas throughout the night.
For a map of potentially dangerous sex offenders in your area click here.
Here is a BPD safety check list for families to go over before they head out the door on Halloween:
- Make sure children are accompanied by an adult or responsible teenager when they go door-to-door. If they do not have an adult or older brother or sister to go with, use the “Buddy” system and travel with a group of children.
- Parents should know the route their children are taking, and children should never trick-or-treat alone! Set limits on when children should return home.
- Kids always want to eat candy, so we suggest giving them candy from home prior to leaving the house so the temptation is not as strong.
- Instruct children not to eat (or nibble on) anything they’ve collected until they are home and the treats have been examined. Cut and wash fruit before eating. Throw away anything unwrapped. (If you are providing loose or handmade goodies, why not add your name to the package so that parents will know where it came from?)
- Children should wear safe shoes and clothing that is light in color and short enough to prevent tripping. Be sure the children can hear and see well through masks to avoid cars (try face makeup instead).
- Costumes should also have reflective strips, and remember to carry a flashlight or glow stick if out after dark.
- Encourage your children to Trick-or-Treat in your own neighborhood and pick streets that are well-lighted.
- Walk on the sidewalks and only cross at corners, not between parked cars. Never enter a stranger’s house or get in their car.Leave your porch light on so children will know it’s ok to visit your home.
- Keep children safe by removing bikes and other obstructions from your walkway.
- Finally, tricks and jokes can be amusing, but vandalism is not. Vandalism is a crime punishable by law. Inform children of the need to respect others and their property!