As many area communities will be observing Trick-or-Treating this weekend and Monday, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections advises you and your family to keep your children safer this Halloween by discussing ahead of time what to do if you are ever separated. A list of safety tips from state agencies is below to help ensure a safer Halloween weekend for everyone. You can also find the hours for trick-or-treating in Door and Kewaunee counties by clicking here.
-A parent or trusted adult should always accompany children
-Stay on well-lit streets and stick to neighborhoods you know
-Only stop at homes where the porch light is on
-Never enter a home or car for a treat
-Trick-or-treaters should carry a cell phone to allow for quick communication
-If the child carries a cell phone, activate location services prior to trick-or-treating
-Call 911 if you see any suspicious or illegal activity
Children should yell “No!” and run from any stranger who tries to take them somewhere
-Have a responsible adult check treats at the end of the night
Similarly, the Wisconsin Department of Health also suggests some tips for families with trick-or-treaters and families who are giving out candy.
-Choose costumes that are light-colored and more visible to motorists.
-Use reflective tape to decorate costumes and candy bags to increase the visibility of children to drivers. Reflective tape may be purchased at hardware, bicycle, or sporting goods stores.
-Use make-up rather than a mask; if your child’s costume does include a mask, make sure it fits snugly and that the eyeholes are large enough to allow full vision.
-Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes.
-Costumes should be short enough that a child will not trip and fall.
-Choose costume accessories such as swords or knives that are made of soft and flexible material.
-Do not use novelty contacts such as “cat eyes” or “snake eyes.”
-Engage in Halloween activities during the daylight hours, if possible.
-Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.
-Remind children to walk, not run, and to only cross streets at crosswalks.
-Be sure your children are accompanied by a responsible adult who has a flashlight. -----
-Flashlights or chemical light sticks should be used so that children can see and be seen by motorists.
Halloween Home Safety
-Remove obstacles from your lawn, porch, or steps if you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
-Make sure your front porch is well-lit.
-Avoid using candle-lit jack-o-lanterns if possible. If you do use candles, don’t place them near curtains, furnishings, or decorations. Move them off porches where children’s costumes may ignite.
-Keep your pets in another room when you are expecting trick-or-treaters.
-Small children should not carve pumpkins; instead, allow them to draw the designs on the pumpkin and adults may carve.
-Turn on an outside light if welcoming trick-or-treaters.