How to keep your trick or treaters safe on Halloween

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Halloween is a magical time for children. Costumes, candy, carnivals, and friends make a lasting impact and provide fond memories throughout a child’s life.

Because so many children will be out and about, everyone should be operating with the utmost care and caution.

Here is a guide to having a blast this Halloween:

SAFE HALLOWEEN

HSHS St. Vincent St. Mary’s and Prevea Health put together a guide they call “SAFE HALLOWEEN”:

S – Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.Halloween Costumes Spooky Jackolantern NEWBUG
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or wear a blinking light to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A – Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks where possible and walk, don’t run!
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked visions, trips and falls.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter a home only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes; never stop at a dark house.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY ON THE GO

Plenty of children have cellphones or mobile devices. Wireless companies urge parents and children to use them this Halloween.

U.S. Cellular says mobile devices can double as “Halloween Safety Hubs”:

  • The company says you can track your little trick-or-treater by downloading a “Find My Friends” app. This app comes pre-installed on iPhones and can be downloaded for Android. Through this app, you can track your child’s location at all times.
  • Set reminders on the clock app so kids can keep track of time.StormCenter 2 On the Go app spring rainy weather
  • Make sure the mobile device’s battery is fully charged.
  • Make sure kids know how to use the built-in flashlight on a cellphone.
  • Keep the weather forecast handy by downloading the free StormCenter 2 On the Go app.

FOOD SAFETY

Not all Halloween candy is good for all kids. Halloween can be extra scary for parents of children with food allergies.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a way to let trick or treaters know your house is a safe space for children with allergies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Make plans to give away non-food treats like toys or glow sticks.
  • Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home so parents and children know you’re offering non-food items.

You can get more involved with the Teal Pumpkin Project here: http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/about#.WBDEFy0rKUk

Credit: The Teal Pumpkin Project/FARE
Credit: The Teal Pumpkin Project/FARE