Halloween happenings planned

Safety precautions suggested
By Angel Perkins
BREMEN — The annual “spooktacular” holiday is fast approaching and folks of all ages will surely find pleasing an event or activity offered in Bremen.
This year boys and girls can start their candy consuming and creative costuming a little earlier than the holiday at the annual Kiwanis Halloween Party. Held for at least 20 years, said event director Pat Mikel, a seven-year Kiwanian, the party is one that she has enjoyed being a major part of the last three years.
“We’ll have all kinds of games for the kids,” she explained. “We have a candy corn toss, pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern, a cauldron drop and they can ring the witch’s hat.”
Children in fifth grade and younger are invited to attend the annual Kiwanis Halloween party Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Bremen Elementary-Middle School. Games will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by costume judging at 7 p.m. in the gym. Mikel said that costumed kiddies are judged by Kiwanis members and are awarded first, second, and third placings in the following age categories: zero to two, three and four-year-olds, kindergarteners, first graders, second, third, fourth, and fifth graders. First place winners in each category are judged a final time and an overall winner will be selected.
Refreshments (juice and popcorn and more) will follow in the cafeteria and as always, the event is free and open to the public.  
Trick or Treat Night for the Town of Bremen will be Halloween night, Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. Residents who wish to participate are asked to turn on their front door or porch lights during this time so trick-or-treaters will know they are in on the celebration.
Oct. 31 Bremen Health Care Center is hosting trick or treat from 6 to 7 p.m. Residents look forward to the annual event for dressing up and passing out candy and seeing the children in their costumes. Family members that would like to join their loved ones can feel free.
Also, Bremen United Methodist Church. will be hosting “Trunk and Treat” Oct. 31 in the church parking lot from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Any willing church families or groups are encouraged to come out that evening, decorate their trunk, and pass out treats to local children. Hot dogs will be served. To learn more contact Dawn Campbell at 574-546-5296.
And while the events are all in good fun, Bremen Police Chief Matt Hassel and his department suggest children, parents, and drivers be cautious to assure that this holiday is a fun one for everyone and offers the following reminders and suggestions:
1. Select a costume that can be seen at night and make sure that you can remove the mask as you travel from house to house.
2. A responsible adult should always accompany children.
3. Never trick-or-treat alone.
4. Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods that you are familiar with and at houses that have their porch or front door lights on.
5. Do not enter a house if you don’t know the people living there.
6. Use extreme caution when crossing the streets. Remove your mask and look both ways.
7. Take a flashlight with you and stay in well-lighted neighborhoods.
8. Never accept rides from or go with strangers.
9. Do not eat any treats until you have returned home and your mother or father tells you it is OK.
The Bremen Police Department will have extra patrols out during those “bewitching” hours to promote safety for all participants of the festivities.