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Halloween's Back! Read AVFD's Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Do you have any tips to add to the ones provided by the Avon Volunteer Fire Department? How do you keep your kids safe on Halloween?

Halloween falls on a Wednesday at the end of this month!

It will likely be even more exciting for Avon kids this year after they missed out on it in 2011 due to downed trees and power lines after the Oct. 29 snowstorm.

Even though snow is unlikely this Halloween (fingers crossed) and The Nightmare Before Christmas is just a Tim Burton movie, safety is a priority for many families whose kids will be out trick-or-treating.

Here are some safety tips from the Avon Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Don't trick-or-treat without an adult.
  • Bring a flashlight or glow stick.
  • If your costume is long, you could trip on it, so make sure it fits properly.
  • Wearing make-up is safer than wearing a mask, but if you do wear a mask, make sure you can see well through the eye holes.
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes you are familiar with and never go inside a house without your parents.
  • Only trick-or-treat at houses with the lights on.
  • Trick-or-treat on one side of the street first and then cross at an intersection to go to the houses on the other side.
  • Take your mask off when you are crossing the street.
  • Parents should check candy before kids eat any.
  • Stick to sidewalks and driveways rather than crossing yards or lawns to avoid tripping on objects you can't see or uneven ground.
  • Only wear flame retardant costumes.
  • So people can see you better, bring a brightly colored or reflective bag to carry your candy while trick-or-treating.
  • Try to walk on sidewalks instead of the road when you can.
  • To make yourself more visible in the dark, try to wear bright clothing or costumes, reflectors or glow-in-the dark patches.

One safe place you can trick or treat is the Company 2 fire station on Secret Lake Road, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Halloween. This has been a tradition for at least 10 years, according to a press release submitted by the fire department.

And don't forget about the fire department's annual Halloween parade, which runs from 10 a.m. to noon at Pine Grove School on Oct. 27. Tickets are $6.

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