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Tips For Adults
a safe and happy Halloween in mostly common sense but as adults, we need to
keep our children on the right track and let them know that even though
Halloween is a fun, magical and happy holiday, it can have a bad side as
well. Some kids and adults think this is a time to do harmful, bad things,
destroy property and harm animals. Please let your kids know this is not
acceptable behavior! Keep Halloween a fun, happy and safe night that your
kids will never forget and will encourage them to
keep the tradition going for years to come.
the route your kids will be taking if you aren't going with them.
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.
what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties, school or
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.
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.
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 also punishable by law
and will not be tolerated.
time 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.
your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make if fire proof,
the eyeholes should be large enough for peripheral vision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
a Halloween party, either adult or for kids, is definitely great fun! In
order to have things run smoothly and with no accidents, here are some tips
that can be used to make your party more enjoyable.
using dry ice in a punch bowl, make sure that the person serving keeps any
dry ice chips out of drinks! It can cause severe injury if ingested.
you are holding your party in your house, make sure that you move any
breakable pieces of furniture or knick-knacks to another room where they
can't get broken. A forgotten heirloom vase that hits the floor could ruin
the night for you.
keep things moving for either an adult party or child's party, make sure
that you have some games, like a scavenger hunt or a murder mystery planned
you are planning a party for your kids and their friends, see if you can get
some of the other mothers to help out with the planning, baking and what
ever else needs to be done. Make a block party out of it!
up a batch of Halloween cupcakes the day before, have the kids help you out.
Any treats or party food that can be made in advance is always a big help!
a pumpkin carving party on the night before Halloween can be a great way to
start off the festivities. Adults, kids or both, you can have a wonderful
time and get all your pumpkins carved at the same time!
up a table with treats, punch and goodies in your front yard if you live in
a small neighborhood. Invite the children and their parents to stop by for
refreshments, you'll start a small party right in your front yard! Just make
sure you set up a nice yard haunt, too!
Tips For Pet Safety
your pets outside on Halloween is not a god idea. There are plenty of tales
of malicious people who tease, injure, steal, torture, even killed peoples
pets on Halloween. Keep your cats or dogs inside for the night if you don't
already do it.
much as your dog or cat may beg for some of your Halloween candy, always
remember that chocolate is deadly to them in any amount.
you work in a pet store, remember that this is the time of year that can be
deadly for black cats. Some sick people who play at being what they'll call
a Satanist will buy them to "sacrifice" If you can, don't take any
black cats or sell them during October.
wrappers, such as tin foil, can get stuck in your pets digestive tract and
make them ill or cause death. There are plenty of recipes for making home
made dog and cat treats, you can always make them on a Halloween note.
can have lethal tails, wagging all over the place. Don't leave any lighted
candles or Jack-O-Lanterns where they could be knocked over by a swinging
tail or by a curious cat. Not only could your pet start a fire but also they
could severely burn themselves in the process.
you are going to dress your pet in a costume, keep in mind that unless the
dog or cat is extremely receptive to this kind of thing, you could be
causing it discomfort and stress. Some animals don't mind at all but others
do not want to be bothered with this kind of thing. They'll be under enough
stress with the festivities going on outside and people at the door
constantly so don't cause them any more nervousness then you have to. You
may love to dress in costume but then, you aren't a dog or a cat.
you put a mask of some type on your animal, make sure that the eyeholes are
big enough for them to see peripherally. Animals depend on their vision to
let them know what's going on and even the nicest dog can get snippy if he
can't see what's around him. In fact, masks really aren't a good idea.
you are having an indoor party, make sure that you put your dog or cat in a
room where they won't be disturbed. Unless your pet is ultra friendly and
doesn't mind loud noises, music and lots of people you should keep them
separate for the night. Also, be careful your cat or dog doesn't dart out
through the open door as you hand out candy. Best bet is to just put them in
a room with some food and water for the night and check on them once in a
while to let them know everything is fine.
your pets can't tell you what's wrong and what bothers them. They are more
easily frightened since they have no idea what's going on. Be sympathetic
and treat them like you'd want to be treated if you were them!
Tips For Trick-or-Treating
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. It should
be a fun time, without trouble and pain, so following some easy tips can
keep your child safe every Halloween.
should go out during daylight hours only unless accompanied by a responsible
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 children are old enough and
responsible enough to go out by themselves.
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.
only at familiar houses in your own neighborhood unless an adult accompanies
children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween. Make sure an
older sibling or adult is with them.
your children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be
examined by you.
your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
sure your child carries a flashlight, glow stick or has reflective tape on
their costume to make them more visible to cars.
them know that they should stay together as a group if going out to Trick or
Treat without an adult.
For Costume Safety
store bought or home made, Halloween costumes should be fun and scary yet
safe. Below are some ideas to hazard-proof your Halloween fun. Costumes
should be scary to those who see them, not those who wear them!
should be made of flame retardant material.
should be bright enough to be seen at night.
sure you work into your child's costume reflector strips, a flashlight or
light stick to make them more visible at night.
not include high heel shoes or long dangling pieces of costume that your
child could trip over.
they are carrying a prop such as a scythe or sword, make sure they are made
out of a flexible plastic that will bend if fallen on.
your child is wearing a mask, make sure that the eyeholes are big enough for
them to see not only in front but peripherally as well.
you and your child are going out with a group, make their costume a unique
one so you can spot them easily in a crowded area.
you have more than one child, save costumes from year to year to pass down
or to exchange with friends.
For Running A Safe Haunt
planning a yard haunt there are some things that you want to keep in mind
for safety reasons. You want to make your haunt scary, possibly bloody and
gory but when it comes to your visitors, you don't want the blood to end up
being real. Here are some ideas that might help you make it safer.
number one item is to get extra homeowners insurance for the nights that you
will be allowing people to view your haunt. Nothing can spoil the fun more
than a law suit because someone tripped and fell down. Most insurance
companies can help you with the problem of extra insurance for the time
needed, even if it's for a night. The expense eof a nights insurance will
far out-weigh what it could end up costing you with out it!
building your haunt, make sure that the walkways are far enough away from
things so that people can't trip over them or hurt themselves. This also is
good for you, this means that your visitors won't be able to ruin your props
and sets. Some people just have to vandalize at this time of year and ruin
it for others.
you have a lot of Jack-O-Lanterns, you might want to try a battery powered
light source or light sticks to light them instead of candles.
This cuts down on the fire hazards, such as catching costumes or
props on fire.
you do use real candles, make sure there is no chance of anything blowing
into the flames, no cloth, crepe paper streamers or anything that could
start a fire.
you are using fake blood, make sure that it won't be coming in contact with
anything stainable like visitors, pets and children. Not only is fake blood
sticky but it can stain like crazy!
you have a particularly gruesome haunt set up, make sure you have warning
signs up so that those with a weak stomach can be forewarned.
your haunt is going to be publicized, make sure that you get some volunteers
to help with crowd control and public safety. Off duty police and fireman
are often willing to help out.
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