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, happy 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.
- You explain the difference between “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 suspect.
• If you discover a treat that has been tampered with, contact the proper authorities.
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