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Keep safe for Halloween community Trick-or-Treat

Halloween is a great opportunity for kids and adults to have a scary good time, but ReadyWisconsin wants everyone to creep it real and have some spooktacular fun, while also making sure they stay safe and trick-free this October.

Before heading out, ReadyWisconsin offers the following tips for Halloween:

• Know when to go – Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, and many communities may hold Trick-or-Treat times on the weekend before the holiday, instead of Oct. 31. In addition, many businesses offer special Trick-or-Treat events. Check local information sites or media outlets to find official times for each area.

• Never go alone – Children under the age of 12 should always have an adult with them. Children over the age of 12, should walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Trick-or-Treaters should only go to well-lit homes and never accept rides from strangers.

• Make everyone seen – If walking around after dark, everyone in the group should have a flashlight or light stick with them while walking. Add reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see Trick-or-Treaters while walking along darkened streets.

• Check treats before eating – An adult should inspect all candy and other treats for tampering, choking hazards and potential allergens. Do not eat homemade treats made by strangers.

• Avoid fire and safety hazards – Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant. Stay away from long trailing fabric to prevent falls and wear well-fitting masks to avoid blocked vision. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle to light jack-o-lanterns, instead of a candle.

• Watch the roads – Drivers should be on the lookout for Trick-or-Treaters walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Know when people will be out in a community and drive with caution when going through neighborhoods.