With Halloween just a ghost whisper away, we’d like to offer some tips and suggestions to help make it a Spooktacular holiday for all.
Halloween safety begins at home
- For your own safety, and the safety of your visitors, keep all stairs and walkways well-lit and free of decorations and other tripping hazards.
- Consider using battery-powered candles or lights to illuminate your jack-o-lanterns, and make sure that decorative lighting strings are properly rated for your usage, whether inside or out.
- Keep your candy just inside the door, and check windows or peepholes before opening your door to trick-or-treaters or other visitors.
- If you’re away from home or have handed out all your candy, turn off the exterior lights.
- To avoid eating all your candy before Halloween arrives, don’t buy candy that is irresistible to you.
Don’t forget Fido and Fluffy
- Even though our pets may look adorable in Halloween costumes, and we may want to show them off or have them join in the fun, Halloween can be a stressful time for pets, with unfamiliar noises, smells, and visitors.
- It’s best to keep pets crated, or confined in a separate room, to avoid any unfortunate encounters with trick-or-treaters and to prevent pets from slipping out. Make sure pets are wearing current ID tags with your contact information just in case.
- Keep candy and other people treats put away or above the reach of pets. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs, and discarded wrappers can cause choking and digestive issues for all pets.
- At Halloween, and throughout the year, keep lit candles and other flammable or fragile decorations out of reach of wagging tails.
Planning Your Costume
- Halloween is a time to let your imagination soar; but whether you purchase your costume or make it yourself, be sure that it is constructed of flame-resistant materials.
- Avoid loose costumes with billowy sleeves, long capes or skirts, or other features that might cause tripping issues, or ignite if brushed against lit jack-o-lanterns or other decorations.
- Minimize the use of masks which can inhibit vision, and incorporate reflective strips or glow-in-the-dark materials in costumes and treat bags for easy visibility.
- Always use good quality make up. Researchers have found that cheap Halloween makeup, false teeth, and other Halloween items made in China often contain high amounts of lead or other toxic chemicals.
- Regardless of quality, all make-up can cause allergies or irritation, so pre-test a little on your arm before slathering it all over, and be sure to remove all make-up before going to bed.
See and Be Seen: Safety while Trick-or-Treating or on the Road
- Visibility is a huge issue on Halloween — especially at twilight, when the sun is setting, or after dark when deep colored costumes may not be visible.
- Drivers should exercise extreme caution, moderating their speed, and watching for pedestrians in unexpected places.
- Trick-or-treaters and those accompanying them should carry flashlights or glow sticks, and wear reflective or light-colored clothing.
- Wherever possible, pedestrians should walk only on sidewalks or well-lit, designated pathways, and cross streets at traffic lights or designated crosswalks.
- Show respect for your neighbors and your community by keeping off lawns and planted areas.
- And of course, inspect all trick or treat goodies before eating, and discard those with loose or missing wrappers, along with homemade treats from strangers.