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10/30/2017
Safe Halloween

Every Halloween someone somewhere gets hurt.

Either they get tainted treats, come up with a costume malfunction, encounter traffic unsafely or the like.

We, as a community, don’t want that here, and, to that end, we once again write about safety.

A safe Halloween comes about because effort is made for it to be that way.

We look out for each other and especially for the kids of all ages who are enthused with Halloween.

That said, we begin with costumes. They shouldn’t be an impediment to the wearer. Nothing about a costume should interfere with vision or create a tripping hazard. They should be reflective by design, if only with a last-minute addition of tape that reflects. Flashlights are handy accessories, given that trick-or-treating happens mostly during the dark and sometimes rainy nights.

All bags of treats should be examined before eating begins. Only candy that appears fresh, wrapped, commercial and untampered with should be eaten. Any suspicious-looking treats should be tossed. There’s usually enough in a bag to play it safe when it comes to discerning what’s OK and what isn’t.

Specific neighborhoods in Ketchikan, which often go all out with decorations, draw most of the trick-or-treaters. But it doesn’t mean that costumed ghosts, witches, pirates and other characters might not show up in any other place.

That means they’re walking along the streets, hopefully on sidewalks. When they cross, they need to be reminded to do so carefully.

And drivers need to be watching out for them. Halloween calls for extra care and caution all the way around.

Tuesday is Halloween; it’ll be fun, but let’s make sure it’s also safe.