The Trick to a Fun, Safe Halloween

19 Oct

An ongoing battle with my 5-year-old over this year’s costume (he wants to be a ninja-cowboy-wizard—don’t ask; I want him to wear the astronaut suit Grandma ransomed from FAO Schwartz!) hasn’t dampened my excitement about trick-or-treating.  We live in a busy subdivision; last year, we handed out 135 Twix bars and M&Ms to tiny witches and wee tigers!  This year we’re heading once again to a friend’s neighborhood, a network of about 100 homes accessed via a single street entrance.  The minimal car traffic combined with hordes of kids does this mama’s heart good.

I also try to follow these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Have a safe, funny, happy Halloween!

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone.  Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.  Limit the amount of treats you eat.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.

Always test make-up in a small area first.  Remove it before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.

Look both ways before crossing the street.  Use established crosswalks wherever possible.

Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.

Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Eat only factory-wrapped treats.  Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.  Otherwise, stay outside.

Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.  Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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