October 28, 2022

A publication by Gloucester's Department of Community Engagement and Public Information

Halloween Activities and Safety Tips

Halloween is intended to be a fun event for children and families and also a time to be extra cautious and careful to keep everyone safe. On Monday, October 31st, Gloucester County officials have established a trick-or-treat timeframe of 6:00-8:00pm. The Gloucester County Library-Virginia will be hosting its "Spooktacular" event from 5-7 p.m. Park at Main Street Center, come trick-or-treat with the Library and then head uptown! Organized events are a safe way for your child to enjoy Halloween.

Also, Gloucester Main Street and the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office will feature Trick-or-Treating on Main Street on October 31st, from 5:30-7:45 p.m. Numerous businesses and organizations will participate in this event. A road closure of Main Street for all thru traffic from 5:00-8:00pm will be in place.

Safe Kids Worldwide notes that twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween than on any other days of the year; and only one-third of parents talk to their children about Halloween safety. Don’t be in the 66 percentile that never do! Be familiar with the safety tips below to help you and your child have an enjoyable and safe Halloween:

1) Costumes should be bright material, visible in the dark or have reflective tape. Everyone should carry a flashlight. Face paint is preferable to masks which may hinder visibility.

2) Trick-or-Treat in well-known neighborhoods. Accept treats only at the front door. Never enter the home of a stranger.

3) Instruct your child not to eat any “unchecked” treats that aren’t sealed. Be careful about homemade treats or damaged wrappers.

4) Walk on the left side of the road facing traffic at all times. Avoid taking shortcuts across backyards or wooded areas. Always look twice before crossing a street.

5) Approach only homes that have their front porch light on.


Gloucester County Emergency Management has launched a new emergency notification service for citizens called the “BEE Alert.” All citizens must manually register to receive emergency notifications even if they are already registered with the old system, CodeRED. Data from CodeRED was not automatically transferred over to the new system, which uses Everbridge technology. While registration for BEE Alert will be ongoing, citizens are asked to register as soon as possible to avoid missing any emergency notifications.


Low Income Household Water Assistance Program

LIHWAP is a temporary, federally funded program created to provide assistance to low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for drinking water and wastewater services. LIHWAP can assist with the payment of arrearages for disconnected households or those households who are at risk of disconnection (within the next 30 days after application). LIHWAP is now available to eligible Virginia residents. LIHWAP assistance will be available through September 2023 or until funds are depleted.


The program is administered by the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) in partnership with Promise Network. Customers who have questions about the program and/or wish to apply should contact Promise Network at 1-888-373-9908 from 7 am- 7 pm Monday – Saturday or https://virginialihwap.com



Stay ahead of the game and mark your calendars!

Winter/Spring Parks, Recreation & Tourism program registration will be available for residents of Gloucester on Nov 14th and non-residents on Nov 16th for the following activities:

Basketball 12-18 years of age

Adult League Basketball

Spring Soccer







Christmas Holiday Parade

Park Programs – Including Pictures In The Park being held on Dec 10th!

Please note that there are still programs open right now that you can register for as well. Visit gloucesterva.info/civicrec to see what all is being offered!

If you have any questions, please email prt@gloucesterva.info.

Replayed Post on Money, Health, and Other Things!

Over the next few weeks, the Virginia Cooperative Extension will revisit its series on retirement planning. This week, they'll discuss estimating how much you need to save for retirement. To learn more, click here.

Lab Night at the CAPE Scheduled for Nov. 1

Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester will sponsor a community educational event, "Lab Night at the CAPE" Nov. 1 from 6-9 p.m. at 6783 Main Street, Gloucester. Participants will learn about archaeology, help wash artifacts, and more. To sign up, e-mail litvolofglova@gmail.com. Space may be limited. 

For more information, to apply, and review full job descriptions, please visit https://www.gloucesterva.info/347/Job-Opportunities
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