It is that time of year again. Scarecrows begin invading front porches, jack ‘o lanterns start popping up in every window and the preferred method of transportation is a hayride. Autumn has arrived and Halloween is here. Here are some tips for a healthy, safe Halloween:
- Carry a flashlight.
- Stay on sidewalks, do not run and always obey traffic signals.
- Stay in familiar neighborhoods and only approach homes that are well lit.
- Wear reflective clothing.
- Do not wear masks while walking house-to-house.
- Make sure your costume does not drag and only carry flexible props (e.g. swords, wands, etc…)
- Steer clear of unfamiliar animals/pets.
- An adult should accompany young children.
- Purchase only flame-retardant costumes.
- A safe alternative to pumpkin carving is pumpkin painting.
- If your children trick-or-treat on their own, be sure that:
- They wear a watch.
- They carry quarters or a cell phone to call home.
- They know where to reach you if you’re not home.
- They travel in a group.
- You explain the difference between a “trick” and vandalism.
- Use small flashlights in jack ‘o lanterns rather than candles.
- Offer a well lit, clear path to your door.
- Keep animals inside and away from trick-or-treaters.
- Slow down. Children will be running everywhere.
- Partygoers should always elect a designated driver.
- Tell children to bring candy home to be inspected before consuming anything.
- Look at the wrapping carefully and pitch anything that looks suspicious.
- If you discover a treat that has been tampered with, contact the proper authorities.