Halloween can be one of the most dangerous nights of the year. Reports of vandalism, theft and violent assaults on October 31st spike across the nation and child pedestrians killed by motor vehicles more than doubles compared to any other night of the year. Trick-or-treating is the highlight of the fall season for many, so I've put together a list of ‘Boo’s” (do's) and Don’ts to help all the boys and ghouls in your neighborhood enjoy the Halloween hullabaloo safely.
· Boo (Do) walk on the sidewalk and observe pedestrian traffic laws. Only cross the street using designated crosswalks and always look left, right, and then left again before crossing.
· Don’t let your children dig into the Halloween boo-ty without thoroughly screening it for anything that may have been tampered with. When it doubt, throw it out!
· Getting lost in a strange neighborhood on Halloween night can be a frightful experience. Boo plan a route to trick-or-treat.
· Don’t stay out incredibly late. Adhering to a curfew can help you avoid becoming the victim of Halloween hijinks.
· Boo trick-or-treat at houses that are lit by porch lights or are festively decorated.
· Boo wear shoes that are comfortable to walk in.
· Don’t wear costumes or masks that stifle your vision or impede walking.
· Don’t go inside a stranger’s house even if you’re invited.
· Boo do your trick-or-treating in an area with plenty of street lights.
· Boo wear a neon bracelet or necklace or carry a flashlight to make yourself more visible to cars at night.
· Boo consider chaperoning your child on for trick-or-treating. Some older children are responsible enough to trick-or-treat and get home safely, but depending on their maturity level they still may need some guidance.
Just for fun: What do you get when you divide the circumference of a Jack-o-lantern by its diameter?