By Abigail Adams
The holiday's greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. Have a safe night of trick-or-treating with these tips:
Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by using these simple tips when preparing costumes:
· Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
· Use flame-resistant costumes.
· Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.
Navigating the Neighborhood
To maximize safety, plan a route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they walk through the neighborhood. Here are more safety tips to follow as children go from house to house:
· Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight.
· Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
· Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
· Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
· Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
· Be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
Trick or Treat!
For those who expect to greet trick-or-treaters at their door, make sure it’s fun for everyone by following a few tips:
· Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
· Sweep leaves from sidewalks and steps.
· Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
· Restrain pets.
· Use a glow stick instead of a candle in jack-o-lanterns to avoid a fire hazard.
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