Clown costumes, masks banned from Goodlettsville’s Pumpkin Festival

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — As Halloween approaches, there are some new rules that parents need to know before they attend community events.

This year at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Goodlettsville, clown costumes and masks are not allowed.

“We just wanted to be proactive with many families being concerned about that. We thought that was a positive approach for this event,” explained Amy Mitchell, the Director of Parks and Recreation for the city.

More than 5,000 trick-or-treaters and their families will attend the Oct. 31 event.

It’s also important to remember that children are four times more likely to hit by a car on Halloween than any other night of the year, the CDC says.

To make sure drivers can see your child, consider adding reflective tape to their costume.

One parent News 2 spoke with said she talks about some of the concerning elements of Halloween with her child but tries to find a balance so she doesn’t scare them.

“You don’t want to be so hyper vigilant that you make your kids anxious, but I think there are ways you can do it safely and you can talk about certain guidelines to make it safe,” said Jackie Stankiewicz.

If you do plan to take your children trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has some great resources you can use to protect your children from predators.

The TBI mapping website gives you the exact location of offenders in the areas that you are going to be. You simply enter in any address and that opens a map showing names addresses and pictures of offenders. Click here for the map.

Here in Tennessee, they will also launch Operation Black Out, which means sex offenders have to keep porch lights off on Halloween. They can’t answer the door and they can’t be in costume, among other regulations.