Celebrate Halloween Safely With Free Kit From Southwestern Electric Cooperative

It’s the time of year little ghosts and goblins haunt area neighborhoods looking for treats. It’s also National Cooperative Month. From now through Halloween (or while supplies last), Southwestern Electric is offering free trick-or-treat bags and glow sticks to children 12 and under.

“Our glow sticks and recyclable treat bags are a great way to heighten your child’s visibility during trick-or-treat hours,” said Susan File, the cooperative’s vice president of member services.

Halloween safety isn’t just for trick-or-treaters, File said. “Keep safety in mind when you’re decorating. Don’t overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting and always keep jack o’ lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking,” said File. “Greet trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and other exterior lights on. And if you’re in a heavy-traffic area, patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children,” File advised. “If you spot something that seems suspicious, report it to the police immediately.”

Safety Kit Pickup Locations:

Madison County

Southwestern Electric’s St. Jacob office, 10031 Ellis Road, St. Jacob.

Holishore Association Clubhouse, 1 Holiday Point Parkway, Edwardsville.

Highland Police Department, 820 Mulberry St., Highland.

New Douglas Mid-Elementary School, 310 S. Main St., New Douglas.

1st National Bank of Holiday Shores, 7301 St. James Drive, Edwardsville.

Bond County

Southwestern Electric’s Greenville office, 525 US Route 40, Greenville.

Mulberry Grove Village Hall, 205 N. Wood, Mulberry Grove.

Pocahontas Village Hall, 101 W. Kavanaugh, Pocahontas.

Greenville Police Department, 404 S. Third St., Greenville.

Bond County Sheriff’s Department, 403 S. Second St., Greenville.

Village of Pierron billing office, 221 Washington, Pierron.

Fayette County

Vandalia Police Station, 221 S. 5th St., Vandalia.

Farina Village Hall, 106 S. Oak St., Farina.

St. Elmo City Hall, 411 N. Main St., St. Elmo.

Ramsey Village Hall, 401 Superior St., Ramsey.

Vandalia Farm Bureau, 1125 North Sunset, Vandalia.