When choosing the kids costumes for trick or treating, make sure the eye holes of the mask are large enough so that your child can see out of them. Masks tend to cut off the peripheral vision, which could be dangerous while walking along neighborhood streets.

Next week brings All Hallowed Eve or Halloween as children from around the area dress as ghouls and goblins (or super heroes and princesses) go door to door for candy. This tradition goes back some 2,000 years, starting in Ireland, later changed to All Saints day by Pope Boniface the IV in 609 AD. No doubt this night has become a kid favorite across the country, but the adults should consider some safety tips to ensure a fun evening for all.

When choosing the kids costumes for trick or treating, make sure the eye holes of the mask are large enough so that your child can see out of them. Masks tend to cut off the peripheral vision, which could be dangerous while walking along neighborhood streets. Limited vision can also makes it difficult to see steps that you are walking up or down.

If you are walking different neighborhoods, it helps to use glow sticks or reflective material as part of your child’s costume. These aids allow moving traffic to see your kids at a distance, but the lights or reflective material is not strong enough to blind an approaching driver.

Parents should carry flashlights to illuminate the ground in front of your ghouls and goblins, but also as an additional way to make sure drivers see you. Never shine this flashlight above the ground, this could blind approaching drivers and cause an accident.

Decorations have become a big part of our holidays, and it is these decorations that cause hundreds of house fires yearly. Use of dried cornstalks, straw, and crepe paper catch fire easily. If you are using these decorations keep them clear of open flame, cigarettes, and other heat sources such as light bulbs. Consider utilizing battery operated candles or a glow stick in your jack-o-lanterns for safety.

If you choose to use a lit candle, do so with caution and keep away from areas where trick-or-treaters will be walking. Make sure your children remember how to Stop, Drop, and Roll in the event their costumes were to catch fire. Practice never hurts, so have them Stop immediately, Drop to the ground, Cover their face while the Roll around to put the flames out.

It is up to us to make this fun night safe for our children. Some very simple steps will go a long way to making sure our children have an enjoyable safe Halloween.

My kids are now grown but as a parent I used to sample some of their candy, just to be safe, and I will gladly do the same for you. Your children’s Snickers, Butterfingers and Heath Bars can be dropped off to my attention at Fire Station 1 for thorough inspections.

Have a Safe and Fun Halloween