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Keep Halloween a fun holiday in Delta County

October 28, 2013
Daily Press

Delta County has been fortunate. In recent memory, residents have enjoyed a safe Halloween each year. With Halloween only a few days away, now is a good time to go over some safety rules with your trick-or-treaters before the big day arrives. It's also a good idea for adults to take note of a few safety tips, too.

Halloween should be a fun time, and here's a few suggestions to help keep it that way.

Pumpkin Carving

- With young children, suggest painting or decorating the pumpkin rather than carving.

- With a carved pumpkin, take time when cutting. Place lit pumpkins on a flat; sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Ensure children don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns. You can also opt to light carved pumpkins with flashlights or battery operated candles.


- Bright colors are best advised and always buy flame retardant costumes.

- Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

- If the weather is chilly, size the costume right so warm clothes can be worn.

- If you have the option, bypass the mask (they slip and obstruct vision), use kid-friendly make-up. Be certain to test for any allergy or related reactions. Also, wash off the make-up before going to bed.

- Limit accessories which might be dangerous such as wands, swords or knives, and related items.

Trick or Treat with Care

- For welcoming households or business firms, be certain to have appropriate lighting toward and at your entrance.

- If you have a pet - best to keep them away from the doorway. Some people don't like pets and some pets don't like people.

Halloween Safety Guidelines and Tips

- Young children should always trick-or-treat with a trusted and responsible adult.

- Carry a flashlight (bring extra batteries or another unit), watch, cellular telephone, and extra trick-or-treat bags in case those in use tear.

- Walk - don't run. Stay on sidewalks and driveways rather than streets or parking lots. Cross only at designated crosswalk areas.

- Only visit households or businesses with their lights on.

- Accept treats at the doorway. Never enter a residence or business.

- Prior to trick-or-treating, establish ground rules, travel area, and time frames.

- Versus sugary treats consider giving out stickers, unsharpened pencils, pens, rubber insects/toys, colored chalk, or similar safe items.

Examine the Treats

- Don't snack on your bag of goodies while trick-or-treating. Have dinner or a snack before heading out to trick-or-treat.

- Help your child inspect treats before consuming. Anything of an unusual nature, torn packaging, or suspicious - best to discard.

- Homemade treats should be avoided.

- If the trick-or-treater has a food allergy, be certain to inspect the packaging and labeling.

- Choking hazards are peanuts, gum, hard candies, and related foods.

- Ration the treats and consider having a candy swap.



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