Keep safety in mind this Halloween

Published 4:58pm Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Remember, it’s just candy. It’s available every day of the week at any local grocery store or convenience store.

We ask that you please remember that when you’re rushing from house-to-house, darting across dark streets to get to the next stop on your trick or treat tour. Remember, it’s just candy.

Every year, the same safety tips are offered to children and parents when it comes to wearing reflective materials, checking candy before eating and always walking with an adult. This year is no different.

Halloween is supposed to be a festive evening, a fun time for children to dress up like ghouls, goblins, princesses and ninjas, while getting enough candy to support a sugar high through Christmas.

Below are just a few basic tips we hope everyone will keep in mind:

  • Use reflective tape somewhere on the child’s costume or trick-or-treat bag
  • Make sure that your child’s shoes fit well to prevent tripping or entanglement
  • Consider using non-toxic makeup and hats instead of masks, which can limit or even block eyesight
  • A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children as they make their rounds
  • Be a sure to stay in a familiar part of town, so that if anyone gets separated from the groups, they can easily find their way to a safe place
  • Travel in a group
  • Use sidewalks when available, or walk at the far edge of the road when there is no sidewalk
  • Give each child a flashlight to carry so they can avoid tripping on unseen obstacles
  • Wait until children are home to sort and check each piece of candy they have collected
  • Try to spread out the amount of candy children eat over the days and weeks after Halloween.

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