Kids have been getting excited about it for weeks. Trick-or-Treat is right around the corner. But before your kids start knocking on doors, you may want to pause and take note of a few safety tips.
Trick-or-treat safety really begins before your kids even leave the house. It may be spooky. It may be sweet. But whichever costume your child chooses, make sure it's safe. Look for costumes, masks and shoes that fit well, are somehow reflective, and flame-resistant.
"As far as your outfit goes, it kind of comes with the territory. It's Halloween so you're going to have that dark costume on so you're going to want to go with some type of reflective tape or even a flashlight," Lieutenant Terry McHugh of the Kronenwetter Police Department advises.
Gretchen Lindwall definitely had safety on her mind as she helped her two young girls pick out their Halloween costumes.
"This costume has a long back to it. So I'll put some of that reflective tape on the back of her so that when they're walking around they can be seen," Lindwall told NewsChannel 7.
The staff at Halloween Express in Rothschild says the best thing parents can do to make sure they're buying their kids a fun and safe Halloween costume is to have the kids try the costume on before they leave the store.
On the night of trick-or-treat, whether you choose to go with you're kids or not, make sure you know their route and set a curfew. Trick-or-treat in neighborhoods you know and only approach a house if the porch light is on.
Parents should also make sure and check the candy their kids collect.
"I really wouldn't accept any homemade items or that type of stuff unless you really know the person," Lt. McHugh advises.
If you choose not to go trick-or-treating, you do have other options. Lt. McHugh suggests taking your kids to a planned event.
"Those are safe environements where the kids can come and they can show off their costumes and, of course, get what they really want...candy and they get to do it safely," Lt. McHugh said.
A few events in our area include The Haunting of River Park in Mosinee this Saturday from Noon to 4:00pm. A Grand Halloween Trick-Or-Treat at the Grand Lodge Waterpark in Rothschild on Monday, October 29th. And the Kronewetter Lions Club Halloween Party on Halloween.