Prepare for a safe and enjoyable Halloween

Lake Placid Elementary School first-grade students Jude Schaad and Trinity Lord march in the Halloween parade in 2015. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

Before you go trick-or-treating on Monday, 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.

– 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 from Friday to Monday. Some are listed below.

– Lake Placid Middle High School will host a Haunted School on Friday. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a For Kids Hour (age 10 and under, trick-or-treat and meet the actors), and the cost is $4. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., there will be general admission, and the cost is $6 for LPMHS students and $8 for adults. Enter at the school ramp.

– A free Outdoor Movie Night (wear your Halloween costume) will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Town of Black Brook River Park, 2429 Route 9N, AuSable Forks. There will be a campfire with s’mores, popcorn and beverages.

– There will be a free Halloween Party from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Town of Black Brook River Park, 2429 Route 9N, AuSable Forks. It will include a costume parade and prizes, pumpkin decorating, apple cider and doughnuts.

– The Wilmington Trunk or Treat event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at KOA’s 100 Acres Woods, state Route 86. It is free.

– The AuSable Forks Trunk or Treat event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Town of Black Brook River Park, 2429 Route 9N, AuSable Forks. It is free.

– Lake Placid’s annual Halloween Parade starts at noon Monday at Brewster Park and runs along Main Street to the Olympic Speedskating Oval.

– Lake Placid’s Downtown Trick or Treat program will begin after the parade and run until 5 p.m. in Main Street businesses.

– The Beetlejuice Experience, held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, will be hosted by the Heidrick-Zaumetzer Funeral Home, 3 College St., AuSable Forks. Start at the funeral home’s main entrance, walk through the building, exit through the chapel doors and follow a path to a tent at the Graves Mansion, where you will get treats. It is free. Daylight trick-or-treating at the funeral home will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

– The town of Jay will host a Haunted House from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Jay Community Center, 11 School Lane, AuSable Forks. The town is turning the gym into a haunted house.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

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