Tips for a safe and spooky Halloween

It’s the spookiest time of the year! With so many monsters, witches and ghosts afoot it’s important to be extra safe. Here are some ways to help keep the Trick or Treaters in your life ready for the big night:
  • Mummies should take care their bandages aren’t too long: Costumes should be short enough to prevent tripping - and things like flowy sleeves should be a manageable length to prevent tripping or getting caught on things.

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  • Ghoul groups are best:  Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of four or five; young kids should be accompanied by an adult.
  • Treasure maps aren’t just for pirates:
    • Have a route planned and discuss boundaries ahead of time – including what time to be home.
    • Make sure Trick or Treaters know to make calls on one side of the street first, and cross the street at intersections or crosswalks.
    • Remind kids to stick to sidewalks – not the street
    • Speak to kids ahead of time about only visiting houses with porch lights on, and to not enter home, apartments or cars of strangers
  • Opt for face paint instead of masks:  While masks can hide a superhero’s identity they can also seriously limit visibility, regardless of x-ray vision.  
  • Even the Invisible Man needs to be visible: Include reflective strips on costumes so kids are more easily seen after dark

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  • Be sure to check all goodies before they get eaten:  Discard anything that is open or looks like it could have been tampered with, and be sure to check ingredients for potential allergens. Remember, small and hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for little kids.
  • Avoid horror movie clichés: Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out and don’t go investigate the scary noise alone.
Taking the time to plan out and prepare your Halloween can help keep the scares limited to spooky monsters and the occasional zombie sighting. Find more Halloween safety tips here
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