SPOOKY: Four-year-old Meia Golles is ready for Booval Fair’s ‘Boovalloween’ event being held for Halloween.
SPOOKY: Four-year-old Meia Golles is ready for Booval Fair’s ‘Boovalloween’ event being held for Halloween. Sarah Harvey

Trick of treating can get truly scary, warn police

PARENTS of vampires, princesses and spidermen are reminded to make this Halloween safe for kids.

Ipswich police have said little trick-or-treaters and their families should take steps to avoid a truly scary situation.

Inspector Keith MacDonald said there were plenty of safer alternatives to trick or treating in neighbourhoods such as hosting Halloween parties.

"But if families do opt to go trick or treating it's important that kids are never out of sight from adults or their carers," he said.

"They also have to exercise caution with traffic.

"And under no circumstances should they ever enter the house of someone they don't know."

To provide a balance between frightful fun and staying safe, Booval Fair is again hosting its Boovalloween event.

The shopping centre will provide a secure environment for kids to go trick or treating with prizes for best dressed and spooky story sessions.

Booval Fair marketing manager Hitomi Sanders said the Halloween event had been a hit with locals in previous years.

"We had more than 100 kids in costume last year from cute cats to scary Frankensteins," she said.

"It's great entertainment for the kids and a safer alternative to having them wander the streets trick or treating. Our retailers can't wait to see all their happy faces at Booval Fair."

The free event is aimed at kids younger than 10 years. Spooky story times are at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. To book or for more information phone 3281 0655.



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