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Halloween tips

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting. Halloween is a fun time, and as a parent I look forward to it.

The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Halloween is a fun time, and as a parent I look forward to it. However, we all must understand that Halloween poses the danger of unexpected injuries. While this is a rare event, the risk is there if safety practices are not followed. Children need to be closely supervised! Treats: It is important to warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. If your child is trick-or-treating at dusk or dark, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a vehicles headlights. Bags and sacks should also be light coloured or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores. Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. Children should also wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes. Ensure that scarves and hats are tied securely to prevent them from slipping over the child's eyes. Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than having a child wear a loose-fitting mask that restricts breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision. Pedestrian Safety: All young children should always be accompanied by an adult or older, responsible child. Instruct children to walk, not run from house to house, and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Stress to children that they must be cautious and not run from between parked vehicles, or cross lawns and yards where lawn furniture, ornaments, or clotheslines present dangers.