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Guam gears up for a safe Halloween

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by Janjeera Hail

Barrigada Heights, Nimitz Hill, Perezville - For one night a year, these names are synonymous with 'jackpot' for trick-or-treaters. Whether you're a ghoulish goblin or a cute kitty, there's no doubt that a holiday that celebrates dress-up and candy is one to look forward to.

Brandon Moylan works at The Dungeon in Barrigada, and this holiday season he's seen a slew of Halloween revelers searching for the perfect disguise.  Moylan points out, '"I've seen a whole bunch of costumes going from Disney characters, to scary, to even comedy. And I would probably say more of the Disney."

Just as important as a great costume is staying safe while trick-or-treating. Local agencies and private businesses have partnered up to make the streets a little safer. Parents can pick up free glo-stix at MCV offices, most Mobil stations, and public safety offices as part of the 'be seen, be safe' campaign. 

Police Chief Paul Suba elaborates, "Because of events like this and the glow sticks this sends a message to the community, particularly the children that we want them to have a good time, we want them to have a safe time."

It is, after all, the one holiday when children are actually encouraged to take candy from strangers, but that can hold hidden dangers as well. If you can wait before digging in, the Guam Memorial Hospital is offering a special service for cautious parents on Halloween. 

GMH spokesperson Connor Murphy elaborates, "For a few years now the hospital has offered the community a chance for parents to bring in their kids' halloween candy to get it looked at to detect for metal hazards. It's always important for parents to look at their kids candy before the kids eat it so this is just another precaution to take advantage of if they want to."

Interested parents can come in through the hospital's Emergency Room entrance on Halloween from 5 to 7 in the evening. 

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