Happy Halloween

October 29, 2013

Children absolutely love Halloween — probably almost as much as Christmas and their birthday. After all, when else can they dress up as their favorite princess, crime-fighter or ghoul and get a bag full of goodies?

Most children will participate in school, church or community Halloween events this week, but some will also opt for the old-fashioned, door-to-door trick-or-treating — and that requires some observation of safety for both children and parents.

Since a majority of children who are dressing up to go door-to-door are 12 years old and under, they should not be allowed to go trick-or-treating alone. At least one parent or guardian should accompany a group of youngsters.

And everyone is urged to follow the times and curfews set by each town.

Other safety tips include:

— Make sure costumes do not inhibit movement, breathing or sight.

— Make sure each costume can be seen, even in the dark.

— If it is chilly out, be sure to dress your child warmly.

— Always have a working flashlight available.

— Be vigilant when crossing streets, especially in the twilight hours.

— Set specific neighborhood boundaries for trick-or-treating.

— Try to trick-or-treat in areas you know well.

— Set a firm curfew.

— Be sure your child does not enter any home, no matter what.

— Take along a cell phone.

— Do not let your child or part of the group become separated.

— Do not attempt to approach a dark house or one where a dog is present.

— Remind your trick-or-treaters not to eat anything given them until they get home.

— Once home, toss out any homemade or unwrapped items.

Halloween can be a lot of fun — for children and parents alike — but taking precautions are necessary. For more Halloween safety tips, simply Google the words “Halloween safety tips.”

And then, enjoy this hallowed holiday.