A scary good time: Halloween events abound
Halloween events abounded last weekend in New Richmond, Roberts, Hammond, Somerset, Star Prairie and Deer Park.
The New Richmond Area Centre hosted its annual Spooktacular. In Roberts, the Panther Parent Group held its annual Family Fall Festival at St. Croix Central Elementary School. The storytime group from the Hammond Community Library visited residents for tricks and treats at the American Heritage Care Center in Hammond.
Meanwhile, Saturday night screams rang out across Somerset as people rode on haywagons through the Somerset Lions Club's Haunted Hayride in Village Park. Hayrides and Halloween mischief also took place in Star Prairie and Deer Park. Check out our photos from each event.
Don’t be scared, be prepared
The costumes may be different every year (Elsa from the movie “Frozen” is the top selling outfit this year), the treats at each door change, but one thing is constant each Halloween: your child’s safety is the No. 1 priority. Wisconsin Emergency Management’s “ReadyWisconsin” campaign has these safety tips and ideas.
Trick or Treat Rules
— Children under the age of 12 should trick-or-treat with a trusted adult, not alone.
— Children over 12 should walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
— Make sure your child or a responsible adult with them carries a cell phone for quick communication.
— Only visit well-lit homes and
never accept rides from strangers.
— Hold a flashlight while trick-ortreating to help you see and others see you.
— Fastening reflective tape to costumes and bags also helps drivers see you.
— Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant.
— Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
— Test make-up in a small area and remove all make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
— Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
— Do not allow your children to wear decorative contact lenses as they present a risk of serious eye injury.
Check Your Treats
— An adult should examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
— Tell your children not to eat any treats until they return home.
— Avoid eating homemade treats made by a stranger.
— When in doubt, throw it out.
Submitted by Wisconsin Emergency Management