Keep Halloween a fun holiday in Delta County

Delta County has been fortunate. In recent memory, residents have enjoyed a safe Halloween each year. With Halloween only a few days away, now is a good time to go over some safety rules with your trick-or-treaters before the big day arrives. It’s also a good idea for adults to take note of a few safety tips, too.

Halloween should be a fun time, and here’s a few suggestions to help keep it that way.

Pumpkin Carving

– With young children, suggest painting or decorating the pumpkin rather than carving.

– With a carved pumpkin, take time when cutting. Place lit pumpkins on a flat; sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Ensure children don’t play near lit jack-o-lanterns. You can also opt to light carved pumpkins with flashlights or battery operated candles.

Costumes

– Bright colors are best advised and always buy flame retardant costumes.

– Consider adding reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.

– If the weather is chilly, size the costume right so warm clothes can be worn.

– If you have the option, bypass the mask (they slip and obstruct vision), use kid-friendly make-up. Be certain to test for any allergy or related reactions. Also, wash off the make-up before going to bed.

– Limit accessories which might be dangerous such as wands, swords or knives, and related items.

Trick or Treat with Care

– For welcoming households or business firms, be certain to have appropriate lighting toward and at your entrance.

– If you have a pet – best to keep them away from the doorway. Some people don’t like pets and some pets don’t like people.

Halloween Safety Guidelines and Tips

– Young children should always trick-or-treat with a trusted and responsible adult.

– Carry a flashlight (bring extra batteries or another unit), watch, cellular telephone, and extra trick-or-treat bags in case those in use tear.

– Walk – don’t run. Stay on sidewalks and driveways rather than streets or parking lots. Cross only at designated crosswalk areas.

– Only visit households or businesses with their lights on.

– Accept treats at the doorway. Never enter a residence or business.

– Prior to trick-or-treating, establish ground rules, travel area, and time frames.

– Versus sugary treats consider giving out stickers, unsharpened pencils, pens, rubber insects/toys, colored chalk, or similar safe items.

Examine the Treats

– Don’t snack on your bag of goodies while trick-or-treating. Have dinner or a snack before heading out to trick-or-treat.

– Help your child inspect treats before consuming. Anything of an unusual nature, torn packaging, or suspicious – best to discard.

– Homemade treats should be avoided.

– If the trick-or-treater has a food allergy, be certain to inspect the packaging and labeling.

– Choking hazards are peanuts, gum, hard candies, and related foods.

– Ration the treats and consider having a candy swap.