10/27/12 — County prepares for trick-or-treaters

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County prepares for trick-or-treaters

By Staff Reports
Published in News on October 27, 2012 11:30 PM

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Brittany Williams, left, and Blakely Brink try on Halloween costumes at the Wicked Superstor Halloween shop in Goldsboro.

Halloween trick-or-treating in Goldsboro, Mount Olive, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and Wayne County will be held Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Officials ask residents who wish to participate to leave a porch light on to let parents and children know which houses are handing out candy.

And Sheriff Carey Winders wants people to be cautious -- noting that Halloween presents threats to children, motorists and homeowners, alike -- so he has offered the following safety tips:


* Do not enter homes or apartments without adult supervision.

* Walk, do not run, from house to house. Do not cross yards and lawns where unseen objects or the uneven terrain can present tripping hazards.

* Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.

* Walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic if there are no sidewalks.


* Give children an early meal before going out.

* Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.

* Wash fruit and slice it into small pieces.

* Throw away any candy that is unwrapped or partially wrapped, or has a strange odor, color or texture.



* Keep candles and carved pumpkins away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame and catch fire.

* Do not leave your house unattended.


* Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.


* Make sure that an adult or an older responsible youth will be supervising the outing for children under age 12.

* Check the sex offender registry at ncdoj.gov when planning your child's trick-or-treat route. You can view maps that pinpoint registered offenders' addresses in your neighborhood, and sign up to get e-mail alerts when an offender moves nearby.

* Plan and discuss the route trick-or-treaters intend to follow. Know the names of older children's companions.

* Make sure older children trick-or-treat in a group.

* Instruct your children to travel only in familiar areas and along an established route.

* Teach your children to stop only at houses or apartment buildings that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger's home.

* Establish a return time.

* Tell your youngsters not to eat any treat until they return home.

* Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions, including pedestrian/traffic safety rules.

* All children need to know their home telephone number and how to call 911 in case of emergency.

* Pin a slip of paper with the child's name, address and telephone number inside a pocket in case the youngster gets separated from the group.


* Only fire-retardant materials should be used for costumes.

* Costumes should be loose so warm clothes can be worn underneath.

* Costumes should not be so long that they are a tripping hazard.

* Make sure that shoes fit well to prevent trips and falls.

* If children are allowed out after dark, outfits should be made with light colored materials. Strips of retro-reflective tape should be used to make children visible.


* Do not use masks as they can obstruct a child's vision. Use facial make-up instead.

* When buying special Halloween makeup, check for packages containing ingredients that are labeled "Made with U.S. Approved Color Additives," "Laboratory Tested," "Meets Federal Standards for Cosmetics," or "Non-Toxic."

* If masks are worn, they should have nose and mouth openings and large eye holes.


* Knives, swords and other accessories should be made from cardboard or flexible materials. Do not allow children to carry sharp objects.

* Carrying flashlights with fresh batteries will help children see better and be seen more clearly.