Safety first

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halloween is Monday, and that means little ghosts, goblins and ghouls will be out and about repeating that familiar phrase: “Trick or treat.”

Let’s do our best to make sure they receive plenty of treats and no tricks. That means making Halloween as safe as possible.

Here are several tips, gleaned from various sources that should help make for a safe Halloween.

Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.

Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see trick-or-treaters.

Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

Let us offer some other Halloween-related advice. Sometime this week, take the time one evening to tour area neighborhoods and business districts. Some residents and business owners have decorated their homes and businesses for Halloween. Many of the scenes are spectacular. The time, effort and money they spent on decorating their areas of the community should be appreciated. Show that appreciation by taking in the Halloween scenes.

Let the children — and adults, too — enjoy themselves on Halloween, but let’s make sure that Halloween is a safe event.