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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Safety tips and alternatives offered for Halloween trick-or-treating

  • If you are looking for a safe Halloween experience for Thursday night for your family, the Delta Cultural Center and the local Civil War re-enactors will host a trick-or-treating event at Fort Curtis from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treaters will be given candy and other goodies. Fort Curtis is located at the corner of Columbia and York Streets in downtown Helena. This event if free to the public.
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  • If you are looking for a safe Halloween experience for Thursday night for your family, the Delta Cultural Center and the local Civil War re-enactors will host a trick-or-treating event at Fort Curtis from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trick-or-treaters will be given candy and other goodies. Fort Curtis is located at the corner of Columbia and York Streets in downtown Helena. This event if free to the public. If the weather does not cooperate this year, there will be an inside “truck-or-treat” at DeSoto School on North 4th Ave. in West Helena from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. DeSoto students' admission is free while there is a small admission for adults. There will be a haunted house in the middle school break room. Concessions will be available. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reminds us that Halloween is a fun event for children of all ages. The CDC has released some safety tips to help make the festivities as fun and safe as possible simply by remembering: S.A.F.E. H.A.L.L.O.W.E.E.N.: S: Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. A: Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F: Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E: Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. H: Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don't run from house to house. A: Always test make-up in small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation. L: Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. L: Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses O: Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe. W: Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. E: Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. E: Enter homes only if you're with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers. N: Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Source: http://www.CDC.gov/family/halloween
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