Halloween Safety

It seems like only last year that I shared (or should I say, scared) some Halloween safety tips with parents. This year, though, I thought I would unmask a few tips specifically for the children themselves, so their Halloween isnt frightful. So kids, if you plan on trick or treating, the first thing to do is make sure you can see through your costumes and be seen by everyone out and about Halloween night. Dont wear masks or oversize hats, which can reduce your ability to see; use face paint instead. Also, its a great idea to put reflective tape on your costume, so drivers can see you as you walk down the street. If you are over age 10 and trick-or-treating without your parents, take at least two friends with you. Take along a flashlight, watch, and a cell phone or spare change to make an emergency call. Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground and stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic. Plan your route in advance and share it with your parents, letting them know how long you will be out. Only approach houses that are lit, never go inside a house, and be very cautious of strangers and strange pets. Also, don't forget to say thank you when you do get a treat. Be sure to eat a good dinner before trick-or-treating, so you are full and not tempted to starting snacking on some treats before you get home. When you do get home, have your parents inspect the treats to make sure theyre all safe. Anything that is unwrapped or looks like it was tampered with should be thrown out. Finally, if you are concerned about how unhealthy all that candy is, consider trading it to your parents in exchange for a special outing or activity you would love to do with them. You could even consider selling the candy to them, and use the money to buy something youve had your eye on (that your parents will approve of). Hopefully these safety tips will keep you from making any "boo-boos on Halloween night, ensuring a trick-free, safe, and healthy night for everyone.

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