Have a Safe Halloween

Safe Halloween
Is this the pumpkin patch?

Before kids think about writing letters to Santa they celebrate Halloween. Although this is considered a spooky holiday it’s also lots of fun! We decorate our homes and yards and kids get to dress up in great costumes and go trick-or-treating; the only consideration is safety.

Halloween tricks should always be safe – they shouldn’t cause harm to anyone or damage anyone’s property. Staying safe on this scary holiday can require a little planning ahead. Read on for some tips.

Trick and treat during the daytime

 Halloween costumes may look scarier after dark, but it is safer to do your trick or treating while it is still daylight. There is less risk that you will trip and fall down or that you will be frightened by other trick or treaters.

Glow sticks and flashlights are excellent for after-dark safety. Plan ahead just in case you are still doing your trick or treating after sunset.

 Be careful of the treats

 Because some people put tricks in the treats it is wise to only trick or treat with people you are familiar with. You may find that a ‘trick’ includes candy or cookies that are spicy. Other candies could contain drugs or other toxic material. Always be wary of the treats being given to the children. If you have doubts, you should throw away the candies. Some areas offer free x-rays or inspections by police departments.

Watch out for possible fire threats

 A typical hazard during Halloween is fires. Candles make the atmosphere more scary and ghostly. Pumpkins look eerie and creepy when they are made into jack-o-lanterns. It adds to the unnatural atmosphere and spooky ambiance. You should be careful where you put the lighted pumpkins. They should be placed away from flammable areas, like curtains and couches.

Battery operated candles are a safer alternative. They give a semblance of a real lighted candle but without real flames. If you are lighting candles, you should use long matches to avoid burning yourself. Costumes should be nonflammable. You should avoid long billowing accessories, like capes, hay and long wigs.  They could fly near flames and catch on fire easily.

Also consider the wiring used with any props for sound, lighting, or action effects. Make sure the wires are in good working order and that they are properly taped and out of the way.

Halloween is a time for fun – plan ahead to ensure it’s a safe holiday that everyone enjoys!