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Halloween tricks for treaters

BEMIDJI — An evening full of magic, flickering pumpkin faces, crunching leaves and the chance to be anything you want to be for just one night — oh, and free candy!

Trick-or-treating can be the highlight of a child’s autumn season but spooky fun can turn scary and dangerous in an instant if the proper safety precautions aren’t in place.

To make sure little boos and ghouls have more treats than tricks this Halloween follow these safety tips:

Before you venture

- Plan a route in advance. Stick within your neighborhood or travel in a pack with people you know to avoid getting lost. Little legs can get tired fast and put a strain on the fun jaunt.

- Wear comfortable shoes. Heels might be fun for playing dress-up around the house but once little ones try to run up and down stairs and through grassy (or snowy) yards, heels become troublesome. Also hem any costumes that may pose a tripping hazard.

- Stand out. Apply reflective tape to costumes so drivers can easily spot trick-or-treaters.

- Save face. Prevent visual obstacles by using non-toxic make-up instead of putting an awkward mask over little ones faces.

Along your adventure

- Never go inside a stranger’s house.

- Children should always be accompanied by an adult.

- Carry a flashlight.

- Be aware of moving traffic.

- Cross streets only at intersections and marked crosswalks.

- Always look both ways before crossing the street.

- Motorists should reduce speeds and be prepared to stop for pedestrians.

Wrapping it up

- Inspect candy.

- Throw out anything that looks suspicious. Candy that is not in the original wrapper, looks like it may have been opened, or has holes or wear marks on the outside should be tossed.

Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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