|Halloween may be a fun holiday
for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time can be a little
tricky. Concerns about children's safety — whether they are out
in the neighborhood or back home with bountiful bags of goodies
— can darken the day more quickly than a black cat. But not to
worry! Following a few Halloween safety tips will be a "howling"
good time for all.
MAKE SURE YOUR
KIDS DRESS UP SAFELY
- Check that the costumes
are flame-retardant so the little ones aren't in danger
near burning jack-o- lanterns and other fire hazards.
- Keep costumes short to
prevent trips, falls and other bumps in the night.
- Try make-up instead of a
mask. Masks can be hot and uncomfortable and, more
importantly, they can obstruct a child's vision — a
dangerous thing when kids are crossing streets and going up
and down steps.
- Make sure kids wear light
colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
Trick-or-treaters always should be in groups so they aren't
a tempting target for real-life goblins. Parents should
accompany young children.
TRICK-OR- TREATING TROUBLE FREE
- Make sure older kids
trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route
so parents know where they’ll be. Tell them to stop only at
familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
- Try to get your kids to
trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If it's dark,
make sure someone has a flashlight and pick well-lighted
- Make sure kids know not to
enter strangers’ cars.
- Kids need to know not to
eat their treats until they get home. One way to keep
trick-or-treaters from digging in while they're still out is
to feed them a meal or substantial Snack beforehand.
- Check out all treats at
home in a well-lighted place.
- What to eat? Only unopened
candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.
Don't Forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for
anything suspicious. By all means, remind kids not to eat
everything at once or they'll be feeling pretty ghoulish
Parents and kids can avoid
trick-or-treating troubles entirely by organizing a Halloween
costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary
stories, and much more. Make your Halloween party the place to
be! Schools, fire stations, libraries, or civic groups in many
communities organize "haunted houses" and other festivities for
Halloween blood and gore are
harmless stuff for the most part. But sometimes dressing up as a
super hero, a scary monster, or an alien from outer space —
coupled with the excitement of Halloween — brings out aggressive
behavior. Even fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume
accessories can hurt people. If these objects are part of a
child's costume, make sure they are made from cardboard or other
flexible materials. Better yet, challenge kids to create
costumes that don't need "weapons" to be scary and fun.