Scary in a good way: carving out a safe Halloween

With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, revelers of all ages will be out in numbers. Plus, as is typical this time of year, many parts of the country will be seeing falling temperatures and dark, drizzly skies. As little ones hit the streets for trick-or-treats, think ahead to help keep Halloween happy rather than haunting.

The Halloween Safety Guide website, begun in 2000, lists lots of terrific tips for keeping kids, adults, and even pets safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a Halloween Health and Safety webpage that lists a helpful idea for each letter in the words “Safe Halloween.” Two of them include: 1) “Swords, knives, and other costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible” and 2) “Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.”

WTHITV10 in Indianapolis has posted some excellent, basic tips from the Indiana State Police:

  • Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
  • Tell kids to hold off on eating any of their treats until they get home and the goodies can be examined in a well-lit place.
  • Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers, and inspect fruits.
  • Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
  • Consider using makeup instead of a mask, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Encourage trick-or-treating while it’s still light out.

Make sure little ones are warmly dressed, and remind them (more than once) to look both ways (more than once) before crossing the street, and grown-ups: Drive cautiously on Halloween and watch for little ghouls and monsters on the prowl!