Halloween — the one night of the year when what we have to fear is more than fear itself. To keep your little zombies, witches and ghosts safe as they haunt the neighborhoods on All Hallow’s Eve, Canyons District is passing along these safety tips.
Kevin Ray, Canyons District’s Risk Management Coordinator, annually provides tips for families who are headed out for a night of fun, frolic and frights. First, he says, parents should examine the haul of goodies the costumed kiddos bring home at the end of the evening. Make sure the wrappers are intact and treats haven’t been touched or altered.
As your children romp the sidewalks, make sure they travel in packs, he said. Traveling in groups maximizes the safety of children. It’s easier for motorists to see packs of werewolves and Clifford the Big Red Dogs headed to the next house for more Snickers, Twizzlers and Hershey Bars.
Yes, we know your little ballerina wants to wear her slippers. But encourage sturdy — and warmer — footwear for Halloween, Ray says. According to the weather forecasters, temperatures could dip into the 40s, so revelers should put on a few more layers to enjoy the hocus pocus just a little longer.
The National PTA also is handing out some safety reminders for hob-gobblins headed out to gobble up treats. The country’s oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy in the country reminds parents to add splashes of color to costumes.
Even if one of your children hasn’t chosen Inspector Gadget as a costume, there are safety gadgets that can be used to help children make their way through the dark. Says the PTA’s website: “Take the extra step of attaching reflective tape and giving him or her a flashlight. Even if they are on the sidewalk, many homes turn the lights down to emphasize their Halloween spirit for the night.”
Safety experts also encourage parents to accompany their children on their trick-or-treating trips through neighborhoods.
Drivers should be on high alert, as well. Slow down. Keep your eyes peeled for dashing young princes. “Look around your vehicle. Before backing up your car, be sure to walk behind your vehicle; but keep in mind that by the time you start your vehicle a child could easily have moved behind your car. You can never be too vigilant,” the PTA says.
Parents are encouraged to check the District’s dress code policy and their child’s school on the costume rules for the Halloween parties, parades, and performing-arts assemblies. For the most part, though, masks and weapons, either real or facsimile, are not allowed.