Happy Halloween Tips
OK, so it’s tricks and treats time… It’s also time to plan for some safety tips for you and your munchkins so that all enjoy a fun and safe evening.
Make sure that people can see you and your little monsters while they’re walking around. If the outfit is dark, consider adding some strategically placed reflector tape on the back or lower hems or legs so that others can see them.
Considering that a mask can hinder your goblin’s sight, make sure they can see out of it well (you may have to strategically take a pair of scsissor to the eye holes) or you may want to consider using stage makeup instead of a mask.
When you’re buying an outfit, check to see if it has flame retardant properties. You don’t want your kid and the evening going down in flames.
If a spear, sword or other weapon is part of their outfit, you may want to make sure that they’re easy to handle and not sharp.
Make sure your kid knows your cell phone number and how to use 911. Face it, it’s dark and sometimes kids can get lost.
Check your castle pathways for obstructions. You don’t want any visiting goblins to get hurt and it also helps to keep those over paid lawyers off your backs.
Keep your pets on a leash or better yet, indoors or caged.
Don’t let your kids go out alone or unescorted by an adult or responsible person. That should be self obvious.
Fresh batteries in the flashlight is a no brainer!
Only go to homes with the porch lights on or that are well lit. This is not only a safety concern but it also helps you and our kids from going to homes that aren’t participating in the evening events.
Where possible, stay in a group. Better yet, form a small group and go together.
Don’t cross over yards…stay on the sidewalk. You never know what people have forgotten in their yards when they were weeding it earlier that day.
Don’t presume that motorists can see you! Cross where you’re supposed to and LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING!
If you have a concern or something seems out of place or a concern, call the cops. It may be nothing, but then too many “nothings” have
ended up being problems later on.
Check all the candies and other goodies your monsters are given BEFORE they eat them. “Trust but verify” is always a good policy when getting goodies from people you don’t know.
Be careful, use your smarts and have a great evening.
I’m Don Rima and that’s the view From Where I Stand.
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