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Trick-or-treat: Officials give safety tips for a fun and safe Halloween

It's a day of ghouls and ghosts and all things spooky, but the Dickinson Police Department wants to make sure that Halloween night doesn't turn into a scary situation with some tips to keep kids safe while trick-or-treating.

The annual Trunk or Treat in downtown Dickinson will be from 4-6 p.m. (Press Photo by Sydney Mook)
The annual Trunk or Treat in downtown Dickinson will be from 4-6 p.m. (Press Photo by Sydney Mook)

It's a day of ghouls and ghosts and all things spooky, but the Dickinson Police Department wants to make sure that Halloween night doesn't turn into a scary situation with some tips to keep kids safe while trick-or-treating.

Dickinson Police Capt. David Wilkie recommended taking kids to community events, rather than going into neighborhoods people may not know well.

"Go to places that are safest and that are public," he said. "Why spend your time walking around in the dark going through neighborhoods when you can fill your bags with candy that are given out by local businesses, reputable businesses and you don't even have to frequent people that they don't know."

There will be multiple community trick-or-treat events on Tuesday, including:

• Trick or Trunk in downtown Dickinson from 4 to 6 p.m.

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• West River Ice Scream Party at the West River Ice Center from 7 to 9 p.m. There is a $2 skate rental.

• Dickinson State BooHawks at Wienbergen Hall from 4 to 7 p.m.

• Trick or Treat Drive-Thru at the Stark Development Corporation/Dickinson Chamber of Commerce from 3 to 6 p.m.

• Treat Street at the Dickinson Rural Fire Department at 706 South Main Avenue from 4 to 8 p.m.

• Malloween at the Prairie Hills Mall from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wilkie said if people decide to hit the streets for candy, it's best to do it while it's still light out.

Drivers should also be cautious while going through neighborhoods. People should slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Drivers should also be focused on the road and their surroundings.

Zack Hargrove, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, said temperatures will remain chilly throughout Halloween morning with temperatures in the high teens. Winds will be fairly calm throughout the morning, but by early afternoon the winds will kick back up to around 17 mph and gusting to 25-28 mph. Hargrove said winds should calm down again by evening. Highs will be in the low- to mid-40s, lows for Halloween night will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s.

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"It's going to be a chilly Halloween this year," he said. "... People should bundle up especially because we have had a pretty warm first half of October. Even though we've had this shot of cold air in the last week, it'd still probably be a shock to some since there will be a lot of people outdoors."

Hargrove doesn't expect precipitation on Halloween.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has recommendations for having a safe Halloween:

• Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

• Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

• Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

• Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.

• Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Walk and don't run from house to house.

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• Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

• Look both ways before crossing the street. Use crosswalks wherever possible.

• Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

• Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

• Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.

• Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.

• Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

• Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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