As the weather begins to cool off and the leaves begin to change, families all across the Valley are preparing for the spookiest holiday of the year. Halloween is a great time for parents and children to spend time together telling scary stories, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating. While this holiday often shows how the frightening can be fun, we hope your family’s Halloween experiences will be filed with more treats than tricks!
To ensure that you have an enjoyable All Hallows Eve, we’d like to share some ideas for making your ghoul’s and boy’s Halloween a safe one:
Avoid Homemade Treats
This goes for those giving and getting treats this Halloween! It’s always best to present trick-or-treaters with factory wrapped sweets. This avoids the risk of receiving a tainted candy or homemade item from a stranger, and it also helps other parents the in the community to trust that you are offering their children safe snacks.
Purchase or Create Safe Costumes
It’s always best to equip your child with a costume than will help them celebrate the holiday, not hurt them. Make sure that the materials their costumes are made of are flame-retardant. Jack-o-lantern pumpkins and other popular Halloween decorations often involve lit candles. Make sure that the costume and any masks or hats fit your child properly. This will lower the risk of your child tripping over their costume or being unable to see an obstacle in front of them.
Know the Route You are Taking and Have a Meeting Point
As night falls and popular costumes fill your street, make sure that you and your child know where you are going next and have a plan to meet up if you are separated. With many children in similar costumes and the reduced visibility, your child may find it easier to become disoriented. Create a plan with your child on what streets you’d like to trick-or-treat and pick a well-lit and recognizable place to reconnect should you be separated.
Carry a Flashlight
The simplest way to make your Halloween a little safer is to take along a flashlight. While you may no longer be afraid of the dark, it is a wonderful tool that can help you to navigate the streets of your neighborhood on a dark Fall night!
For more tips, you can check out the CDC’s Halloween Safety information [http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/], as well as tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children [http://www.ncmec.org/en_US/publications/NC89.pdf].
Pet owners can also practice extra safety on this holiday! Check out tips from the ASPCA. [http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/halloween-safety-tips.aspx]