Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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October 27, 2007

Halloween Times

Safety big deal on a scary night

The spooks will be out Wednesday, Oct. 31, when ghouls and goblins will share the streets with princesses and superheroes. Trick-or-treat times vary slightly by city. Glasgow and Edmon-ton will trick-or-treat between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m., while children will take to the streets between 5 and 7 p.m. in Cave City and Horse Cave, according to officials with city hall.

The American Red Cross has offered the following safety tips on their Web site to keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween. Children and chaperones should walk on sidewalks, not in the street.

Always look both ways before crossing the street to check for traffic and cross the street only at corners.

Never hide or cross the street between parked cars. Wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing to be more visible to motorists. And remember to put reflective tape on bikes and skateboards too.

Plan your route ahead of time and share it with your family. If possible, have an adult go with you.

Always carry a flashlight to light the way. But remember, it’s safest to trick-or-treat during daylight hours.

Keep away from open fires and candles, including those in jack-o-lanterns as costumes can be extremely flammable.

Visit only homes that have the porch light on and accept treats at the door. Never go into a stranger’s house.

Use face paint rather than masks, which might obstruct vision. Be cautious of animals and strangers.

Have an adult inspect treats before eating. Don’t eat candy if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.

Candy can by X-rayed at T.J. Samson Community Hospital from 4 to 8 p.m., according to Marketing Liaison for the hospital, Bart Logsdon. Anyone interested should come to the information desk located in the emergency room, he said.

Have a safe and happy Halloween. Happy haunting.

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