Halloween may be a fun holiday for children, but for parents, the holiday can be a little tricky.
To help parents and children have a safe and enjoyable Halloween, the Indiana State Police has offered the following safety tips:
* The costume
|--||Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls,|
|--||Try make-up instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a child's vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous, and|
|--||Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.|
* Trick or Treating
|--||Make sure older children trick-or-treat with friends. Together, map out a safe route so parents know where they will be,|
|--||Instruct children to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on,|
|--||Encourage children to trick-or-treat while it's still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well-lit streets,|
|--||Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers, and|
|--||Follow your community's trick-or-treating hours.|
|--||Remind children not to eat any of their treats until they get home,|
|--||Check out all treats at home in a well-lit place, and|
|--||Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Remember to inspect fruits for anything suspicious.|
Additionally, many communities, schools and churches offer children safe alternatives to trick-or-treating designed to keep children safely within parents' view.
Some hospitals and schools allow children to trick-or-treat by going from room to room eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the streets after dark.