It looks to be a windy and rainy night for trick-or-treaters, but that doesn’t mean it has to be an unsafe Halloween here in Kitsap.
Here are a few tips from Halloween-safety.com:
- Younger trick-or-treaters should be accompanied by an adult. If no adults are going, be sure to know their route.
- Explain that the “trick” part of trick-or-treating should not be, say, egging or toilet-papering a home. In this day in age, your child will come home, but it will likely be in the back of a patrol car.
- A sad tradition is the victimization of animals on Halloween. Explain to children that there is nothing festive or fun about hurting an animal.
There’s also the danger of walking around neighborhoods in the dark, of course. Here’s what the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision recommend:
- Use reflectors, lights or reflective tape (that can be purchased at a local hardware store) on costumes so drivers can see your child better. Flashlights are a plus, too.
- Make sure costumes are fitted well on a child so fabric or any part of a costume doesn’t fall into a child’s eyes.
- Swords, knives or other fake weapons used in costumes should be, well, fake — no sharp ends that could cause injuries.
- A home’s outside lights should be on as a sign of “welcome” for trick-or-treaters. And children shouldn’t go into homes where they get candy.
- And hey, while we’re at it, check out your kids’ haul when they get home. Make sure the candy they’ve racked up doesn’t look tampered with.