Halloween is here! The fun and excitement of all the children (young and not so young) going door to door for candy and going to all the exciting outside activities it is important to ensure that everyone is safe!! The Town of Wake Forest encourages families to enjoy this time and go door-to-door in costumes for candy and fun.
Wake Forest has a lot of neighborhoods that are looking forward to seeing all the fun and interesting costumes and wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and happy experience. Here are some suggested safety tips – some from the Wake Forest Police Department:
- While a super fun fall activity, carving pumpkins can easily lead to injuries if not done properly. Always make sure that there is an adult to supervise.
- The safest way to have light your pumpkin with candles is to use the tea-light candles with aluminum liners. You can also use battery operated tea-light candles to give the same effect!
- Never leave a lit pumpkin unattended and keep away from flammable objects.
- An alternative to carving your pumpkin is to draw a face on the pumpkin markers, or even painting them!
Costumes and Props
- Planning your costume for Halloween is always fun! Make sure it is safe too by having reflective tape and by making sure that the costume, wigs, etc are flame resistant.
- Always make sure that your children have identification somewhere on their costumes in a discreet place. You want to make sure you include their name, address and phone number.
- Carry flashlights with you when you go door to door, and make sure that you have fresh batteries.
- Make sure that your older children know that they can call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency or if they become lost.
- Be careful about the masks and other face make-up that you use because they can cause allergic reactions and/or limit eyesight.
Giving out the Treats
- Make sure that the sidewalks that lead to your home are clean and clear of any debris, toys, decorations, etc. that would cause anyone to fall or get hurt.
- Check the lighting outside your home to ensure a well-lit path to the door.
- Remember not to overload any electrical outlets when you decorate.
A Safe Hunt
- Remember there will be a lot of young children out and about throughout the neighborhoods. Please remember to drive slowly!
- Before you begin the evening, talk about where you will be trick or treating and what time you plan to be finished. Make sure you all know the route you will be taking in case you get separated or need to check on them.
- Take a look at the weather report and prepare for the temperature of the evening.
- Make sure to always check the candy to ensure that it is safe to eat!
Healthy Halloween Treats
- Make sure that only the candy that is appropriate for the child’s age is given to them. Be careful not to have candy that is considered a choking hazard given to young children.
- Limit the amount of candy allowed each day and make sure that your child brushes their teeth afterwards.
- Have your children trick or treat after eating a good meal to keep them from eating while they go house to house. You want to make sure you check the candy first.
- Always remember there are other items that can be given instead of candy like pencils, pens, erasers, sticker, etc.