Since October 31st is around the corner, we’d like to share 13 (Lucky and Practical) Tips with with you. Please feel free to share as needed – we hope you have a happy and safe Halloween!

1. Do not trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

2. Use sidewalks when possible. If you must walk on the road, face oncoming traffic and keep to the far edge. Keep electronic devices down (preferably in pocket) and eyes up.

3. Wear bright, reflective costumes or add strips of reflective tape to your costume and/or bag. Glow sticks and flashlights also work. (Glow lights will be provided at the Community Center for those who attend the annual Halloween Event). 

4. For motorists – enter/exit driveways/alleys slowly and carefully. Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving.

5. Don’t place jack o’ lanterns or other luminaries near doorsteps, walkways, landings, or curtains. Instead, place them on sturdy tables – out of reach of pets and small children. Never leave unattended.

6. Wear costumes made of fire-retardant materials; look for “flame resistant” on labels. (If you make your costume, use flame-resistant fabrics like polyester or wigs and accessories are fire-resistant as well.

7. To prevent slips, trips, and falls – costumes shouldn’t be too long and shoes should be comfortable. Masks should fit well and not obstruct vision; hats and makeup are preferable.

8. Swords, knives, and other accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.

9. Don’t wear decorative contact lenses without receiving a proper lens fitting/instructions from an eye care professional. Though it’s illegal to sell decorative lenses without a valid prescription, the FDA says lenses are often sold online and in brick-and-mortar stores around Halloween. Buying any kind of contact lenses without an examination and prescription from a professional can cause eye disorders and infections, which can lead to permanent vision loss.

10. Test any makeup you plan to use by putting a small amount on the arm of the person who will wear it two days in advance. If a rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation develop, that’s a sign of a possible allergy. (You can also check the FDA’s list of approved color additives.)

11. Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats before they’ve been inspected. Children should not eat or accept anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.

12. Parents of young children should remove choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candy, and small toys. Inspect commercially wrapped treats for tampering, such as unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or torn wrappers. Throw away anything suspicious.

13. Before bobbing for apples, reduce the risk of bacteria by thoroughly rinsing under cool, running water. Use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.