Don't be a pumpkin.....
If you're taking your children trick or treating this year make sure they don't go bump in the night. Consider these helpful tips to make sure you and your kids stay safe while you're out in the dark.
1. Plan your route in advance
Trick-or-treating could take you several streets away from your house, which can cause sore legs and a bit of frustration. Avoid long paths by mapping out a route before leaving the house. Stick to paths that you and your child are familiar with to avoid getting lost.
2. Stay well-lit
Apply reflective tape to your child’s costume to ensure they are seen by drivers on the road. Also, carry a flashlight with you to keep your child’s path lit at all times.
3. Choose fire-retardant costumes
Look for a label that indicates flame-resistance on any costumes, wigs, and headpieces you purchase. If you're making the costume yourself, examine the fabric content and talk the salesperson to help you choose the least flammable material.
4. Make sure all costumes are short
Long costumes that drag on the ground can be dangerous, especially at night. After purchasing your child’s costume, make sure it’s an appropriate length, and hem anything that’s too long to avoid tripping
5. Avoid masks
Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If possible, skip the mask altogether and use non-toxic make-up to complete the costume instead.
6. Use flexible props
Try to avoid costumes that have weapons as accessories. But if your child’s costume won’t be complete without a weapon, make sure it is rubber or plastic. Choose a prop that won’t cause injury to your child or their friends
7. Check your child’s loot
When sorting through treats at the end of the night, be sure to throw away any sweets that are not in their original wrappers, or looks as though they have been opened.
8. Avoid lit flames
If you’re decorating your garden for trick or treaters, use battery operated lights in your pumpkins rather than candles.