Thursday is Halloween, and various law enforcement and public safety agencies have offered these tips for having a safe holiday.
Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
Try makeup instead of a mask. Masks often obstruct a childs vision, which makes tasks like crossing the street and going up and down stairs dangerous.
Make sure children wear light colors or put reflective tape on their costumes.
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 its still light out. If children are out after dark, make sure they have flashlights and travel on well-lighted streets.
Remind children not to enter the homes or cars of strangers.
Follow your communities 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-lighted place.
Only eat unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers.
Remember to inspect fruit for anything suspicious.
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, virtually eliminating the dangers associated with being out walking on the street after dark.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control reminds pet owners to use extra caution with animals during Halloween:
Pets will be safest if kept inside the house or other enclosed building and away from groups of excited children. Even children who mean no harm may be more likely to tease or frighten an animal left unattended outside.
Arrange for pets to be confined in a separate room during trick-or-treat hours. Dogs, in particular, may resent the intrusion of strangers into their territory and become anxious, which could lead to growling or snapping behaviors.
Keep Halloween candy out of the reach of pets and make certain the candy your children receive is also out of reach.
Chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Tinfoil and cellophane candy wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed.
If you dress your pet in costume, make sure your pets nose, eyes, and mouth are not covered and that the pet can move normally while in the costume.
Take photos, enjoy the moment, and then remove the costume.
Instruct children not to interact with an animal they might encounter on the street or at a home they visit. A child in costume may cause an animal to react unpredictably.