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10/25/2012
Boo, not boo-hoo

Halloween is almost upon us. This weekend, many parents and children will be preparing their costumes and plans for Tuesday’s trick-or-treating adventures.

Everyone wants kids to be safe and remember the day as a fun one. Ways to help that happen include planning costumes that won’t trip them up as they walk in the dark; painting their faces (with non-toxic paint) rather than having them wear masks that can make it difficult to see; if they do wear a mask, making sure the openings for eyes give them plenty of room to see out and allow for peripheral vision; and not carrying objects that can injure them should they fall.

Also, it’s important to make sure the kids can be seen in the dark.

Children should be chaperoned when they go trick-or-treating. Parents need to have The Talk with their kids about not stopping at houses where outside lights aren’t on, and not eating items that aren’t packaged or approved by a responsible, known adult. It’s a good idea to agree with kids that they’ll wait until they are home to review and ingest goodies. Of course the adult accompanying the children can make those calls along the route. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta even recommends sending children out on a full stomach that night so they won’t be tempted to overeat.

Those without kids need to prepare for Halloween, too. When driving, they need to be on the lookout for excitable little ones. Some adult costume-wearers might be having fun and forget to watch for traffic this weekend, too. Let’s take care of each other, even the grown-ups, as we drive along the nighttime streets.

The Atlanta healthcare group also recommends that we remove hazards from the area where our All Hallows Eve visitors are likely to walk — pots, branches, candles and hoses, for example — and suggests that we keep our pets inside. That would be a favor to the pets, as well.

We’ve had a great October in Ketchikan. Let’s be sure to end it with a safe Halloween.