How To Have A Safe Halloween

Help your kids have a great Halloween with these smart strategies.
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How To Have A Safe Halloween

Help your kids have a great Halloween with these smart strategies.

-Jane Farrell

Children in Halloween costumes

These days, Halloween’s a huge holiday: Drive down any suburban street, and chances are that most of the houses will be festooned with glowing pumpkins, tiny hanging ghosts and flying witches. But with all that preparation comes some real hazards for kids, both before the holiday and during it. Here, some expert tips on how to handle the really scary parts of Halloween:

The perils of the pumpkin
If you really want a hand-carved pumpkin, do it yourself. It’s not a project for kids. And it’s best to use a knife designed especially for pumpkin carving, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Carve with small controlled strokes on a steady, smooth surface. Illuminate the pumpkin with a glow stick or small flashlight; that’s much less hazardous than candles. Of course, you can take the easy way out and just paint a face on the pumpkin!

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Safe costumes, safe streets
Kids trick-or-treating on Halloween night are four times likelier to be hit by cars than on any other night, according to the National Fire Protection Association. And sometimes their costumes have more to do with that than you might think. Of course, experts advise making sure your kids don’t suddenly run across the street. But it’s also a good idea to choose a brightly colored, highly visible costume and to stick a noticeable piece of reflective tape on it, as well as on the child’s treat bag. The costume should be loose enough so your little princess can turn her head to see any oncoming traffic, but not so big that she’s tripping over her hem. Kids are also more easily visible to drivers when they’re trick-or-treating in groups. If you’re in the driver’s seat, make sure to travel very, very slowly down streets where kids are out in force.

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