Submitted in part by Carnelita Slaughter, Red Cross Volunteer
Whether you are playing chaperone or getting together with friends, like me, you have probably been planning our Halloween festivities for weeks. Now it’s crunch time! Your frightful crew is gathering and your decorations are sending chills up the neighbors’ spines (you’ve done well). But you may be forgetting something…….. the greatest hazards of Halloween aren’t the spirits trying to communicate through your Ouija board or the creatures you’ll encounter throughout the night. No! There are other dangers that come with wandering around in the dark in busy neighborhood with uneven street lighting and small children. Good thing you have the Red Cross to guide you. We can’t promise you won’t suffer a tummy ache or sore feet but stick with us and you’ll celebrate many Spooktacular evenings to come!
- Look for flame resistant costumes.
2. Try to stick with make-up instead of masks to make sure trick-or-treaters can see clearly as they walk the neighborhood.
3. Plan your Trick-or-Treat route in advance.
A parent or responsible adult should accompany young children as they make their way around the neighborhood.
4. Make it easy to be seen in the dark.
Make sure trick-or-treaters have flashlights. Put reflective tape on dark colored costumes, or try to stick with light colored costumes.
5. Only visit homes that have the porch light on.
Accept treats at the door but never go inside.
6. Only walk on sidewalks.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. And don’t cross between parked cars
7. Be cautious around pets and other animals.
8. Use glow sticks or LEDs inside jack-o-lanterns instead of candles.