TIP OF THE WEEK
Although children look forward to tricks, treats, and ghoulish garb, Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a mass of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.
To ensure that trick-or-treaters, you, and your house stay safe, remember the following tips.
- Clear your yard and sidewalk of any obstacles or decorations that may be hard to see in the dark, so that no one goes bump in the night.
- Keep your house well lit, both inside and out; you wouldn’t want to miss any particularly good costumes, would you?
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to police.
To make sure even the scariest costumes are safe, keep the following in mind when buying or designing one.
- Try makeup instead of masks; it’s more comfortable and doesn’t obstruct vision the way masks can.
- Check to ensure that costumes are flame-retardant so that young ones are safe around jack-o’-lanterns, candles, and other flames.
- Keep costumes short to ensure that the only trip taken is the one around the neighborhood
- Look for brightly colored costumes, attach reflector strips to costumes and bags, and remind trick-or-treaters to carry glow sticks and flashlights.
For even more tips, see the National Crime Prevention Council’s Playing it Safe on Halloween: Pointers for Parents (PDF) reproducible brochure.