Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

October 31, 2013

Be safe trick-or-treating

VALDOSTA — Little superheroes, ballerinas, witches and ghosts will be traveling door to door tonight, seeking treats or making a promise for tricks.

Parents and youngsters should prepare to make it a safe evening. Motorists need remember small children may be on the streets and drive with caution.

A few tips for a safe Halloween:

— Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure the costume, shoes, etc., fit well to avoid tripping. Consider adding reflective tape to the costume to make a child more visible.

— If wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are wide enough so the child can see. Since even the best mask can limit vision, consider make-up or a hat as alternatives.

— Take a flashlight while trick or treating.

— Wait until arriving home before eating any candy. Check it closely at home.

— If worried about the streets, there are several Halloween alternatives available from local organizations and businesses.

Halloween should be a fun time for children. Safety precautions will ensure that fun.

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