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Prepare for a safe and enjoyable Halloween

October 22, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Before you go trick-or-treating next weekend, we'd like to offer a list of Halloween safety tips to help you prepare.

-Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

-Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

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Halloween at the Hall in Wilmington from 2014
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

-Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

-Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

-Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house.

-Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

-Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

-Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

-Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

-Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

-Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

-Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

-Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

(This information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

There are a number of safe Halloween activities for the younger children in our region next weekend, including trick-or-treating in downtown business districts. Below are some of those events taking place next Friday and Saturday.

Lake Placid's Halloween Parade: The parade starts at noon on Friday, Oct. 30 at High Peaks Resort and heads down Main Street, which will be closed from Saranac Avenue to the Lake Placid Middle/High School. This event is organized by the Lake Placid Elementary School.

Lake Placid's Downtown Trick or Treat: Children can trick or treat from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 along Main Street. Participating businesses can be identified with a Halloween sign in their window or door. This event is organized by the Lake Placid Business Association.

Shipman Center Haunted House: A Haunted House will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 at the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid. Admission is free and donations are accepted. This event is organized by the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

Children's Halloween celebration. Families can enjoy a safe indoor Halloween experience from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Lake Placid Conference Center, Main Street. There will be trick-or-treating, games, drinks and food. This event is organized by the Lake Placid Police Department.

Halloween at the Hall: The Holzer family and their Little Super Market crew on state Route 86 are holding this free event from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Whiteface Range Hall, located behind the store. Youth can go trick-or-treating in an indoor venue with more than 50 booth sponsors. For more information, call 518-946-2274.



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