Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Tips for a Fun, Safe Trick-Or-Treating Season

For the festive Halloween season, please keep these safety facts and tips in mind:
  • Approach only houses that are lit.
  • Avoid wearing masks while walking from house to house.
  • Battery-powered jack o'lantern candles are preferable to a real flame. If you do use candles, place the pumpkin well away from where trick-or-treaters will be walking or standing.
  • Carry a flashlight.
  • Carry only flexible knives, swords, or other props.
  • Don't cut across yards or driveways.
  • Healthy food alternatives for trick-or-treaters include packages of low-fat crackers with cheese or peanut butter filling, single-serve boxes of cereal, packaged fruit rolls, mini boxes of raisins, and single-serve packets of low-fat popcorn that can be microwaved later. Non-food treats include plastic rings, pencils, stickers, erasers, and coins.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Make sure costumes don't drag on the ground.
  • Make sure paper or cloth yard decorations won't be blown into a flaming candle.
  • Make sure your yard is clear of such things as ladders, hoses, dog leashes, and flower pots that can trip the young ones.
  • Obey traffic signals.
  • Pets get frightened on Halloween. Put them up to protect them from cars or inadvertently biting a trick-or-treater.
  • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with your costume).
  • Stay away from and don't pet animals you don't know.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.
  • Stay on sidewalks.
  • Walk, don't run.
  • Wear a watch you can read in the dark.
  • Wear clothing with reflective markings or tape.