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Halloween is here!  It is a fun time of year!  It can also be dangerous.  Even if you live in a 'safe' neighborhood, you can never be too safe.

I found some safety tips for trick-or-treaters, parents and home owners.  You should use these safety tips to make sure everyone has a fun, safe Halloween!

 

Trick-or-Treaters:

 

  • Carry a flashlight
  • Walk, don't run
  • Stay on sidewalks
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume)
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords or other props
  • (If no sidewalk) walk on the left side of the road facing traffic
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape
  • Approach only houses that are lit
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know

 

 

 

Parents:

 

  • Make your child eat dinner before setting out
  • Children should carry cell phones so they can call home
  • Ideally, young children of any age should be accompanied by an adult
  • If your children go on their own, be sure they wear a watch, preferably one that can be read in the dark
  • If you buy a costume, look for one made of flame-retardant material
  • Older children should know where to reach you and when to be home
  • You should know where they're going
  • Although tampering is rare, tell children to bring the candy home to be inspected before consuming anything
  • Look at the wrapping carefully and toss out anything that looks suspect

 

 

 

Homeowners:

 

  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes and flower pots that can trip the young ones
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently bitting a trick-or-treater
  • Battery powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame
  • If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later
  • Non-food treats: plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, coins

 

Since my trick-or-treating days are over, my favorite part is seeing the kids dressed up.  It is cute and brings back fond memories of when I was a kid.

What is your favorite part of Halloween?

Happy Halloween!