Witches, goblins and werewolves – oh my! The streets of McKinney will be full of them next Friday on the evening of Halloween. Before filling treat bags and putting on masks, its important families and children review safety tips to ensure the evening is full of fun and no frights.
Tip 1. If a costume includes a sword, knife or similar accessories, be sure it’s short, soft and flexible. When moving from house to house, sharp objects could potentially hurt another trick-or-treater.
Tip 2. Stay together! No one should trick-or-treat alone. Stay in a group and have at least one trusted adult there to supervise – the more adults, the more fun for both parents & kids!
Tip 3. Add pieces of reflective tape to costumes and treat bags so drivers can see you. Look both ways before crossing the street!
Tip 4. Use a flashlight to help everyone see what’s ahead and for others to see you.
Tip 5. Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult and if it’s a well-lit house. Don’t stop at dark houses or accept rides from strangers.
Tip 6. Avoid walking near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure your costume is flame-resistant. Here’s some information about flame-resistant fabrics.
Tip 7. If staying at home to hand out treats, be sure walking areas and stairs are well-lit and free of obstacles that could cause falls.
Tip 8. Keep jack-o-lanterns with candles away from doorsteps, walkways, landings and curtains.
Using Halloween safety tip handouts is another great way to help keep children safe. Handouts offer parents and teachers a perfect opportunity to talk about the potential dangers of Halloween while reinforcing safety rules and engaging children in an activity. Here are some handouts to print: http://bit.ly/1uzTz2Q
Craig Ranch hopes it’s a frightening good time for everyone and wishes you a Happy Halloween!