The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 28, 2012

10th annual Scare on the Square draws more than 1,000 downtown

By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — More than a thousand people had gathered by 6 p.m. Saturday on the Garfield County Court House lawn for the 10th annual Scare on the Square.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office had deputies and reserve deputies serve up 800 hot dogs.

“We’ve run out every year so far,” said Undersheriff Jerry Niles, who was unwrapping bags of hot dog buns. “I wish we had more donations.”

Sheriff Bill Winchester was handing out 100 pounds of candy.

“It looks like a great night,” he said. “I’m glad to see the wind’s not blowing.”

The sheriff said the crowd this year was good, and he’d been kept busy giving out candy.

“I’ve seen a lot of good costumes,” he said. “I kind of liked this mummy I saw.”

Enid Police Department was set up west of the sheriff’s office, and were handing out more than  7,100 of pieces of candy.

“It’s a great event for the city to have everyone out here to do this,” Chief Brian O’Rourke said. “We have a ball being a part of it.”

O’Rourke said he’s seen a lot of great costumes, but one was his favorite.

“I think the police zombie was my favorite,” he said. “Great makeup.”

Those celebrating Halloween should keep in mind a few tips if going trick-or-treating this year.

• Younger children should be accompanied by an adult and other children should go in groups.

• Costumes should have some illumination, such as reflective tape or a small light.

•  Costumes should not hinder breathing or vision.

• Go to known areas or neighborhoods to trick or treat.

• Stay on sidewalks or to the side of the road when walking and remember to look both ways before crossing a street.

• Check all candy and treats and discard any that are removed from their original packaging or appear to have been tampered with.

• Motorists should take extra caution throughout the holiday, slow down and watch for children crossing from between vehicles on the side of the road.