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Trick-or-Treaters ready for a safe Halloween

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Halloween Eve, the lines were long in local costume stores, children and adults getting last minute costumes before the big night.

"I'm so excited!" said Brandan Czajka who just purchased some gloves and goo at Halloween City in New Hartford, the final touches for his Zombie Biohazard costume.

"I think he was a worker or something and he must've got put next to radioactive stuff, something toxic and he must've turned into a zombie," said Czajka.

While Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, for parents trick-or-treat time can be tricky.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office has some recommendations to make sure families stay safe.

In terms of costumes they recommend:
- Face paint as a safer option than a mask.
- To check that costumes are flame retardant and not too long that they're tripped over.
- To choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.

They also recommend trick-or-treaters:
- Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
- Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
- Plan a safe route, stopping only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
- Carry a flashlight or a glow stick.
- Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without an adult.
- Plan to trick or treat while it's still light out.

And for the loved candy, the Oneida County Sheriffs Office recommends:
- Children bring all candy home before its eaten so parents can check it for tampering.
- To feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating so they're less tempted to snack while out.
- Throw away any unwrapped, open or suspicious looking goodies.
- If your child becomes suddenly ill, to immediately call your doctor or dial 911. Also, try and determine what the child has eaten and where it came from and save all wrappers.

All to keep the zombies, superheros, witches and princesses safe.

"This is the time of year that you get to pick who you are and just be kind of creative," said Czajka. "And you get to dress up and go door to door and say trick or treat!"

Before the trick-or-treaters come out, home owners also want to make sure lights are on, anything that could be tripped over is put away, and any debris left over from last night's storm is also cleared away.

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