BOO! Safe and Spooky – Halloween Safety
Post by Gina Arnold-Stone
Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn and cauldron bubble
Ghouls and goblins fill the night
Rev’ling in all the fright
Shrieks and shrills are all you hear
As the children don their gear
Head of toad, claw of dragon
Can you see with that mask on?
Fairy wings that shimmer and light
Walk safely among the night
Glow sticks and rings about the child
And a flashlight swinging wild
Children’s screams in delight
For the morsels of the night
Wag of dog, wing of bat
That’s not wrapped, don’t eat that.
Parents parade down the street
Making sure it’s all a treat
Cauldrons full of “Double Bubble”
Drivers slow down, avoiding trouble
Candles aflame in every Jack
Don’t you dare turn your back
I extend my deepest apologies to William Shakespeare for the butchering of Macbeth.
Happy Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays, kicking off the fall season, and a chance to be creative and have some fun.
Some things to keep in mind and keep the fun rolling:
- Make sure costumes fit properly, they aren’t too long, or create a trip hazard.
- Dress for the weather, it’s starting to get a bit chilly in some spots. A cold Princess is a grumpy Princess.
- Masks limit your peripheral vision, avoid them at all costs. You might not see the car that doesn’t see you
- Flashlights, glow sticks, glow necklaces and bracelets all help keep our little goblins safe and visible
- Many malls and community centers provide for a safe trick or treating experience, check with your local shops and city centers. In addition, there are usually costume contests
- If you are out driving on Halloween, reduce your speed, and be extra mindful of children darting across the streets – they only have candy on their mind, not oncoming traffic
- Just say no to candles. You can use the LED light up “candles” for your jack-o’lanterns, and the bonus, you can leave them on all night
- Many hospitals still offer free x-ray of candy to avoid any foreign objects. Go through your children’s candy and remove any that look like they have been opened, or tampered with. (This also gives you a chance to snag something you like)
- Make sure your pets are safely out of the way and not able to dart out the door when passing out candy. Costumes can also upset pets known to you, be vigilant against agitated animals.
- Keep your yard and walkways free from debris. Be watchful for trip hazards such as garden hoses, or dips in the lawn that could twist an ankle.
Wishing you all a safe, fun, and spooktacular Halloween! (And may we suggest a Bee costume!)