Halloween is Lurking Around the Corner

As ghosts and vampires get ready to roam the streets, the American Red Cross has tips to make this a frightfully safe Halloween.

Costume Safety
Whether a child wants to be a princess, a monster or a superhero for Halloween, parents can help keep it safe by:
 Adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
 Using flame-resistant costumes.
 Using 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, they can 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.

Visit redcross.org for more advice on having a safe and fun Halloween.


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