Words With Webb: Stay Safe This Halloween
Halloween is a fun and exciting time! Little ones all dressed up as their favorite superhero, princess or videogame character. Some may go with the traditional zombies, ghosts or other scary critters. No matter what your child decides to be this year, I want to make sure they have a fun and safe experience.
- Plan bright costumes! If you can add reflective material, lights, or even glow sticks to make sure passersby can see your child easily.
- Make sure your child is wearing well-fitting shoes and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping. In the dark, it is hard to see uneven sidewalks, curbs, and potholes in the roads. Falls, twisted ankles, and even broken bones are very common on Halloween night.
- For the extravagant costumes with accessories, make sure nothing is sharp.
- If your costume has decorative contact lenses (such as a cat costume), I recommend not wearing them. While the packaging may say “one size fits all”, this can be dangerous and is actually illegal for the packaging to say.
- Small children should always have help and supervision.
- Flash lights, glow sticks and fake candles are a good alternative to the to the traditional candle and can even add color to your jack-o-lantern design.
- If you do go with a candle lit pumpkin, make sure it is on a sturdy surface and not too close to anything flammable.
Safety at your home
- Please take a few minutes to sweep away leaves and other debris from the sidewalks. Wet leaves or other debris are a dangerous tripping hazard.
- Make sure your outdoor lights are lit well.
- Keep pets restrained if possible. Even friendly household pets may jump up, frighten or even bite a trick-or-treater.
- Travel in groups.
- Never go with anyone you do not know or anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
- If the lights are off at a house, do not go to the door.
- Never eat candy that is open or looks like it has been opened.
- Lastly, teach your child to politely turn down any home-baked or home-made foods or candy.
Trick-or-treating should be fun and exciting time. Following these safety tips will help ensure that you and your child have a good experience! Whether you are going as a ghost or goblin, prince or princess, or even your favorite Fortnite character, have fun and enjoy your Halloween night!