Check out some tips from Cell Phone Sally on how to have a happy Halloween as well as a safe and smart holiday:
· Always buddy up when trick or treating. Walk in groups with a trusted adult.
· Avoid costumes that are too dark. Light and reflective clothing is best. Fasten reflective tape onto costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
· Wear costumes that are also “flame-resistant”; most costumes show this labeled on them. If you make your own costume, use flame resistant fabrics such as polyester or nylon.
· Try and stay away from costumes that utilize masks and instead op for make-up and hats to dress up your costume.
· Make sure any make-up you use is safe for the skin and not old. If it has a smell to it, throw it out. And if you develop a rash, redness, or swelling, then you could be allergic to the make-up and should refrain from using.
· Make sure to examine all the candy when you get home. Check for any choking hazards or candy that has been tampered with. And don’t eat too much candy when you get home- it could make you sick to your stomach.
· Parents of young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts and hard candies, or even small toys from Halloween bags.
· Before bobbing for apples, a common Halloween game, reduce the risk of bacteria by thoroughly rinsing the apples under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.
· Take a flashlight with you to help guide your way in the dark and to make you more visible to vehicles.
· Always look both ways before crossing the street. Cars move fast so be aware of your surroundings.
· Enter homes ONLY if you are with a trusted adult. And never under any circumstances accept a ride from a stranger.
· Carry a cell phone with you to make sure you can contact help in case of an emergency.
· If you are ever in an emergency situation, please do not hesitate to contact 9-1-1.
We hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky and fun Halloween! Make sure to stay safe!