Treats… not tricks… this Halloween!

The trick to safe treating is preparation, communication and a watchful eye! Make sure this season is a little less spooky and your children are a lot safer by keeping the following precautions in mind on Halloween night:

For trick-or-treaters:

  • Make sure children are well lit! Carry a flashlight or glow stick, and consider
    reflective tape for black costumes!
  • No running! Darkness and costumes are an awkward mix.
    Walk, don’t run, from house to house.
  • Stick to the rules! While motorists should be more mindful on this night, better to be safe!  Stay on the sidewalks when possible, and watch for traffic signals. 
  • Walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks, and stay as visible as possible.
  • Wear shoes that fit. The princess shoes are pretty and the clown shoes look great, but they’re not always safe!
  • Only approach houses with lights on. Dark houses mean no one is home or they simply don’t want to be bothered.
  • Steer clear of unfamiliar pets. This is an anxious night for household pets, so teach your children to step back when the door is answered, just in case.
  • Stick with familiar streets and houses. If your children are walking alone, be sure you know what route they plan to take and that they have a way to communicate with you.
  • Masks are fun, but have your kids slide them off between houses or when crossing the street, so their vision is not impaired.
  • Check and double check. While tampering is rare, it is a concern. Thoroughly check your child’s candy before consumption. Never allow them to eat unwrapped or suspicious treats.

For homeowners:

  • Keep your yard free of easily tripped-over items such as hoses, ladders or tools. 
  • Rope lighting is a safe way to mark a path to your door! They even come in orange for Halloween decorating.
  • Make sure to keep pets away from your bowl of treats. Pets and chocolate just don’t mix. In fact, your best bet might be to close your pets in a different room with their favorite toy or bone for the evening.
  • Try battery-operated lights to make your jack-o-lantern glow. They are safer and longer-lasting than flames!

Whether you are a trick-or-treater, a parent, a homeowner or a motorist, remember: SAFETY FIRST!
Happy Halloween! Joe

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About Jconowitch

I have spent 36 + years in Stevens County enjoying the many surrounding recreational areas while camping, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. I am married to my high school sweetheart with 2 children, 5 awesome grand kids. I have been actively involved working with many organizations to help children and adults throughout the area, as well as starting the Stevens County Scale Model club with a good friend. If you want to live and raise your family in a fantastic area or find a peaceful area to retire, this is among the best, and I am here to help you make your dreams a reality!
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