Halloween is supposed to be a bit spooky. But the scary stuff is supposed to be pretend: ghosts, vampires, goblins and witches.
You shouldn’t have to worry about the dangers of your kids being out in traffic after dark, costumes catching fire or anything else that can make the tricks and treats anything but fun. But in 2011, there were more than 3,500 Halloween related injuries across the country reported in the festive months of October and November, according to the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Those included burns, falls and even lacerations from pumpkin carving.
Fortunately, there are a few easy steps to remember to make sure that the only surprises on Halloween are the ones you plan. Most of these are common sense and things you might remember from when you were a kid.
Trick-or-treating often occurs at dusk, when jack-o-lanterns on porches hold flickering candles and make-believe pirates wield their trusty swords — eek! Check out these tips to steer clear of costume catastrophes.
With costumes donned and bags in hand, consider the following to keep the trick-or-treating experience under control.
One way to avoid any trick-or-treat problems is to have a party at home. But even then, you need to be safe while decorating:
In many ways, Halloween hasn’t changed much since we were kids – it’s about the costumes, the candy and the fun. With a few simple preparations, you can help keep the fun from taking a frightening turn.
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