A variety of activities are scheduled for the Halloween holiday. Each is designed specifically with children in mind.

Today:

The Wyandotte Lions Club will host “Wyndotte Days” from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in downtown Wyandotte.

The event will include free hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and drinks.

There will be a costume contest for children 18 years old and under.

Friday:

In addition to Miami's annual “Boo Ha Ha”, which begins at 3 p.m. on Main Street, communities and churches throughout Ottawa County will be sponsoring alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating.

Commerce businesses will gather in the parking lot south of the police department to pass out treats beginning at 4 p.m. The police department is sponsoring a costume contest.

Also in Commerce, the “Sweat Shop”, Ottawa County's only spook house, will be open from dark until the last customer goes through on Halloween night.

The First Assembly of God Church located at 1815 E. Steve Owens Blvd. in Miami will hold a trunk-n-treat from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the church parking lot. Refreshments, candy and inflatable toys will be given to all the children.

Welch Christian Church, located at 3rd and Queen streets in Welch, will hold a Hallelujah Festival from 5 to 8 p.m.

The First Assembly of God Church in Fairland will sponsor a fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Activities include food, games and a hay ride.

Halloween may be at the top of a child's list of favorite holiday's, but for parents of small children it is often met with apprehension.

For parents who choose the traditional route, there are precautions that health and safety officials say should be taken to ensure that children have a safe, enjoyable evening. Suggestions include:

€ Parents should make sure children wear well-fitted clothing and wear shoes that make it easy to move around without stumbling.

€ Young children should be encouraged to use makeup rather than masks because masks can obstruct vision, especially in the dark.

€ Children should carry flashlights and wear light-colored costumes that can easily bee seen by drivers.

€ It's best to have at least one adult accompany each group of children.

If children are old enough to be out on their own, parents should know the approximate “path” they plan to take and all children should have a specific time limit for when they are to return home.

€ Instruct children to be selective regarding the homes they visit - only those with lights on, preferably in neighborhoods they know.

There are also several “don'ts” to reinforce:

€ Children should never “trick or treat” alone and should not enter any home, unless it is the home of a friend. They should stay in familiar neighborhoods and knock only at houses with lights on.

€ Children should be especially wary of cars, remembering to avoid running across streets. Check driveways for cars backing out.

€ cross streets only at corners and never between parked cars or mid-block.

€ Do not eat any candy before it has been inspected by an adult. Any items that are not wrapped should be thrown away. Also, children shouldn't carry sharp or pointed props and they should never carry candles as a source of light.