Oct. 31

Happy Halloween 2009 Everyone!


Any­time a child has an acci­dent, it’s tragic. The last thing that you want to hap­pen is for your child to be hurt on a hol­i­day, it would for­ever live in the minds of the child and the family.

There are many ways to keep your child safe at Hal­loween, when they are more prone to acci­dents and injuries. The excite­ment of chil­dren and adults at this time of year some­times makes them for­get to be care­ful. Sim­ple com­mon sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.

Help your child pick out or make a cos­tume that will be safe. Make it fire proof, the eye holes should be large enough for good periph­eral vision.

If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with can­dles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids cos­tumes won’t acci­den­tally be set on fire.

Make sure that if your child is car­ry­ing a prop, such as a scythe, butcher knife or a pitch­fork, that the tips are smooth and flex­i­ble enough to not cause injury if fallen on.

Kids always want to help with the pump­kin carv­ing. Small chil­dren shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There are many kits avail­able that come with tiny saws that work bet­ter then knives and are safer, although you can be cut by them as well. It’s best to let the kids clean out the pump­kin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.

Treat­ing your kids to a spooky Hal­loween din­ner will make them less likely to eat the candy they col­lect before you have a chance to check it for them.

Teach­ing your kids basic every­day safety such as not get­ting into cars or talk­ing to strangers, watch­ing both ways before cross­ing streets and cross­ing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treat­ing.

Make Hal­loween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they’ll carry on the tra­di­tion that you taught them to their own fam­i­lies some day!



Par­ents of trick-or-treating kids can get so caught up in the fun them­selves that they might for­get some sim­ple safety ideas that could save every­one some trou­ble. Hav­ing a fun and safe Hal­loween will make it all worth while.

Below are just a few com­mon sense tips that can help.


Know the route your kids will be tak­ing if you aren’t going with them.
The best bet is to make sure that an adult is going with them. If you can’t take them, see if another par­ent   or a teen aged sib­ling can go along.
Know what other activ­i­ties a child may be attend­ing, such as par­ties, school or mall func­tions.
Make sure you set a time that they should be home by. Make sure they know how impor­tant it is for them to be home on time.
Explain to chil­dren the dif­fer­ence between tricks and van­dal­ism. Throw­ing eggs at a house may seem like fun but they need to know the other side of the coin as well, clean up and dam­ages can ruin Hal­loween. If they are caught van­dal­iz­ing, make them clean up the mess they’ve made.
Explain to your kids that ani­mal cru­elty is not accept­able. Kids may know this on their own  but peer pres­sure can be a bad thing. Make sure that they know that harm­ing ani­mals is not only morally wrong  but pun­ish­able by law and will not be tolerated.


Trick or Treat­ing should be one of the great adven­tures of Hal­loween for kids! They can get dressed in scary cos­tumes and go door to door, beg­ging “Tricks or Treats!” from neigh­bors or at the local mall. Lots of towns have a Har­vest Fes­ti­val so kids can Trick-or-Treat safely. But going door to door is the stuff of child­hood mem­o­ries! It should be a fun time, with­out trou­ble and pain, so fol­low­ing some easy tips can keep your child safe every Halloween.


Chil­dren should go out dur­ing day­light hours only unless accom­pa­nied by a respon­si­ble adult.
Plan a safe route so par­ents know where their older kids will be at all times. Set a time for their return home. Make sure that your child is old enough and respon­si­ble enough to go out by them­selves.
Let your chil­dren know not to cut through back alleys and fields. Make sure they know to stay in pop­u­lated places and don’t go off the beaten track. Stay in well lighted areas.

Stop only at famil­iar houses in your own neigh­bor­hood unless they are accom­pa­nied by an adult.
Small chil­dren should never be allowed to go out alone on Hal­loween. Make sure an older sib­ling or adult is with them.
Instruct your chil­dren not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be exam­ined by you.
Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
Make sure your child car­ries a flash­light, glow stick or has reflec­tive tape on their cos­tume to make them more vis­i­ble to cars.
Let them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or Treat with­out an adult.

Stay Safe every­one, but the best part is to have fun!!


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