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Safe Halloween
October 15, 2014 07:43AM EST

Halloween is coming and its elevation to the second highest grossing retail holiday (behind Christmas) has meant an explosion of choices for costumes and decoration. While there’s a wider range of shopping options, the best ways to stay safe on this holiday are the traditional ones.

  •  Make sure you can be seen. Halloween is primarily a nighttime observation, especially for the kids, and a time when people are walking through the streets. If the costume doesn’t have bright colors as a natural part of its design, incorporate reflective strips in visible places.
  • Make sure you can see. Costumes with hats or wigs or masks can obstruct your vision. If your peripheral vision is compromised, adjust it or alter it until vision is clear.
  • Try out the costume before the holiday or party. Mass-produced costumes can be hard to move in right out of the box and may need some alteration before wearing them outside. You want to be able to have your full range of motion at all times. Make sure any props or accessories don’t compromise your ability to move around easily. At the same time, put a small dab of any makeup you are planning to wear on your skin to see that you don’t react to it.
  • For Trick or Treating, never go alone. Only let kids go house to house in groups of other children with parental supervision. At least the adult supervisor should have a flashlight, ideally every child should be carrying some light source.
  • The regular rules apply. Just because it’s the one time of the year where jaywalking and begging for candy is expected doesn’t mean that all of the rules are off. Look both ways before crossing the street and never cross alone.
  • Go easy on the candy. Wait until you get home before digging into the bags of candy. Don’t eat anything until you’re able to look it over for defects or tampering. Avoid handmade treats.
  • Keep your yard clean. When you’re home handing out candy, keep your driveway clear of obstructions and lit. Well-decorated doesn’t have to mean hard to navigate. If your house is set up to scare, make it easy for the little ones to flee.
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