With Halloween on the horizon, it’s time for my annual post on Halloween safety for all folks (but especially kids) in costume:
If you have kids who will be trick or treating, check your weather forecast to make sure that they will be warm enough, but not overheated. Consider putting a layer of fleece or a turtleneck or long underwear underneath a costume. If rain is expected, make sure you have plenty of umbrellas handy.
Everyone who will be on the streets should have plenty of reflective tape on their costumes. Buy a roll at a home improvement store and stick it all over. Glowsticks can add to a costume AND make you more visible. Of course, several flashlights (with extra batteries) are a requirement.
Make sure that a costume isn’t so long or cumbersome that the wearer is likely to trip and fall. Hospitals are not fun on Halloween.
Makeup allows better vision (especially peripheral vision) than masks.
Make sure that no parts of a costume flutter. If they do, exercise exceptional care around candles or other flames.
Limit use of candles in decorating. If you do use them, make sure they are enclosed.
Keep all pets inside after dark on Halloween. Don’t let pets outside unless you are beside them and they are leashed.
If you are welcoming trick or treaters, clear your front stoop of anything that might be a trip hazard and make sure steps are well lit.
Always trick or treat in neighborhoods you know and immediately toss any unwrapped candy.
Enjoy the frights, but be careful of those who have a lower “scare threshold.”