MEIGS COUNTY — With Halloween fast approaching, and numerous events scheduled to take place throughout the county, now is the time to prepare for a safe Halloween.
The Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Pediatrics and Safe Kids Worldwide provide ideas and tips for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and other activities.
When considering the perfect Halloween costume, there are many things to be considered.
Brighter costumes, glow sticks or reflective tape may stand out more as trick-or-treating often does not conclude until after dark. Consider placing reflective tape on trick or treat bags as well to increase visibility.
Consider the weather when determining the size of the costume. Cooler temperatures may require clothing to be worn underneath the costume. Also, be cautious of oversized shoes or high heels which may be a tripping hazard. Masks, accessories and props can also cause hazards.
Look for costumes, wigs and accessories which are flame resistant. Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
Eat a good meal prior to trick-or-treating or parties so that kids will not be as likely to fill up on sweet treats.
When out trick-or-treating, children should be accompanied by an adult. For older children who may go alone or with a group of friends, plan a route and set specific times to check in.
Only go to houses with the porch light on and never enter a house or vehicle.
Be sure to cross the street at corners or cross-walks, paying attention to traffic.
While much of the focus may be on keeping ones own trick-or-treater safe, it is also important to prepare your own home for the trick-or-treaters which will be visiting.
In preparing, remove objects which can cause a tripping hazard, make sure all exterior lights are working and turned on to help with visibility, and keep pets which may bite or jump on the trick-or-treaters out of the area.
Also consider purchasing non-food items to be handed out to trick-or-treaters.
After trick-or-treating, check treats and candy for any signs of tampering. Throw away items which are questionable.
Area Halloween Activities
RACINE — Friday, Oct. 28 from 6-7 p.m. with the annual Halloween Party immediately afterward at the firehouse.
SYRACUSE — Friday, Oct. 28th, from 6-7:30 p.m. All village streets will be closed to motor vehicle traffic. Route 124 will remain open.
TUPPERS PLAINS — Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m.
CHESTER — Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m.
REEDSVILLE — Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m.
MIDDLEPORT — Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m.
MIDDLEPORT — The Meigs County Council on Aging will be handing out treats at the former Middleport High School from 6-7 p.m. on Oct. 27. There will be games and refreshments at the building from 7-9 p.m. after trick or treat.
MIDDLEPORT — Middleport Legion Post 128 will have its annual free hot dog roast in the Stewart Bennett park beside the post office following Middleport treat or trick, Thursday, Oct. 27. The public is invited. The Middleport Fire Department plans to pass out popcorn.
RUTLAND — Thursday, Oct. 27, 6-7 p.m.
PORTLAND — The Portland Community Center will hold a Halloween Party for kids beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 29. The event will include trick or treat, games, prizes and food. Weather permitting a movie will follow.
POMEROY — “Face your darkest fears” haunted house experience will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 21-22, 27-29 and 31, at Wolfe Mountain Entertainment in Pomeroy.
POMEROY — Treat Street will take place on Main Street in the downtown area from 6:30-8 p.m. on Oct. 27.