October 25, 2012 | 658 views
Tips for keeping the little monsters safe
For all the aspiring gremlins, goblins, ghouls and ghosts, it’s almost time to dress up, visit your neighbors and collect some treats. But before you go, here are some tips to make sure that it’s a safe Halloween for everyone.
• Go only to houses where the lights are on — and go with friends, never alone.
• Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside someone’s home.
• Wear brightly colored costumes, or add some reflective tape to your costume or goodie bag. Carry a flashlight after dark, or wear a glow stick.
• Don’t eat any unwrapped, partially wrapped or homemade-looking treats.
• Kids’ costumes shouldn’t drag on the ground. Store-bought costumes should be made of flame-retardant materials. Use nontoxic, hypoallergenic makeup on children’s faces.
• Check the candy after your kids get home — or when they want to dig into their stash. Make sure it hasn’t been opened before. If you’re not sure, throw it out.
Leftover candy? Some local dentists and orthodontists give out prizes or money for candy turned in to them. They, in turn, send the candy to our military overseas. (See www.halloweencandybuyback.com for more information.)
• Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic. Turn on your headlights earlier in the day so you can spot children from greater distances.
• Remember that costumes can limit children’s visibility, and they may not be able to see your vehicle.
• Reduce any distractions inside your vehicle so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.