This weekend our streets and neighborhoods will be filled with ghouls and goblins (and princesses!) asking for a treat to avoid a trick. Just a few thoughts to make it a safe and happy weekend:
Pumpkin Carving and Decorations:
- An adult should always be present for pumpkin carving. Let children participate by drawing the face on the pumpkin and scooping out the insides, but leave the carving to an adult.
- Any open flame can potentially be dangerous. Consider using artificial lights instead.
- Make sure costumes are “flame resistant.”
- If the costume has a mask, make sure your child has eye holes large enough for good peripheral vision.
- Use soft and flexible materials for swords, knives and other props.
- Make sure Halloween costumes fit properly. A costume that is too loose could pose a tripping hazard or accidentally be ignited by the open flame of a jack-o-lantern.
- Make sure face paint is hypoallergenic and non-toxic.
- When giving out Halloween treats, consider setting up a table outside with individual, wrapped treats.
- Plan a safe route, sticking with familiar neighborhoods and houses that are well-lit inside and outside.
- Younger children should be with an adult, and older children should travel in small groups.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags so drivers can see trick-or-treaters better at night.
- Carry a flashlight and bring a cell phone.
- Be sure your children know to look both ways before crossing the street and to only cross at corners or crosswalks. This is even more important when it is dark outside.
- Teach your children never to accept rides from strangers, no matter what the person says to them.
- Parents should inspect all candy to make sure it is safely wrapped and does not pose an allergic threat or choking hazard.
- PLEASE keep your pets indoors in a quiet room so they don't run out the front door or scare off some of your weekend visitors!