Tips To Enjoy The Halloween 'Spirit'
Halloween can be a night for great fun (and maybe even a little fright) with the entire family.
Unfortunately, twice as many children are killed when walking on Halloween as compared to the rest of the year. The National Safety Council (NSC) recorded that in 2016, over 7,000 pedestrians died while crossing streets often due to low light conditions.
Whether you are celebrating Halloween at home giving out treats, driving on the roadways or taking the kiddies around town trick or treating, a little pre-planning can keep everyone safe this year.
Halloween Home Safety
((^,,,^)) If you're carving pumpkins, let the adults do the carving - Let the kids use markers and paint to show their artistic abilities
((^,,,^)) Use glow sticks instead of candles inside of your Jack-o-lanterns
((^,,,^)) Keep your porch steps and walkways free of decorations to avoid anyone tripping over your holiday props
((^,,,^)) Replace any burned out lighting so the little ghouls & goblins can see while on your property
((^,,,^)) Keep your Halloween decorations away from fireplaces or other flames
((^,,,^)) Examine your child's candy before they enjoy
Halloween Driving Safety
((^,,,^)) If possible, wait to drive until after the little goblins have returned home
((^,,,^)) If you have to drive, drive a lot slower than normal and be extra alert. You never know when a small child may pop out into your path
((^,,,^)) Take extra time to check for trick or treaters when you are entering intersections
((^,,,^)) Eliminate any distractions inside of your car
((^,,,^)) Concentrate. Pay particular attention to the roadway and all surrounding areas
Trick or Treating Safety
Before You Leave Home:
((^,,,^)) Choose bright, reflective, fire retardant costumes
((^,,,^)) If costumes are not reflective, consider adding reflective tape
((^,,,^)) Make sure masks don't obstruct your child's vision - consider face paint as an alternative (when you apply it, start with a small area first to make sure there are no adverse reactions)
((^,,,^)) Prevent costume tripping hazards - make sure costumes are the right size for your child and costume accessories, like swords and canes should not be too long or sharp and they should be flexible
While You Are Out & About:
((^,,,^)) Make sure your child uses a reflective trick or treat bag and have them carry a glow stick
((^,,,^)) Adults should always accompany their ghouls & goblins while they are trick or treating
((^,,,^)) Adults should carry a flashlight - make sure the batteries are fresh
((^,,,^)) Be sure to walk on sidewalks where possible - if there are no sidewalks, stay as far to the edge of the road as possible
((^,,,^)) Get to the other side of the roadway by using crosswalks whenever possible - always look both ways before crossing
((^,,,^)) Trick or treat in groups for safety
((^,,,^)) Make sure someone in your group has a cell phone in case of an emergency
Halloween can be a very 'spirited' time of the year.
We hope that as you're out in the Belfast, Camden and Rockland areas with your little ghosts, dinosaurs and super heroes that and you have a fun, safe and 'spooky' night.