Along with Christmas, Halloween is one of the top holidays that children look forward to. Parents, children and motorists should take necessary precautions to keep everyone safe at Halloween. Following are six statistics and tips to keep Halloween a fun and positive memory. Sources: National safety council, National Crime Prevention Council and SafeKids.org
"Two-fifths (40 percent) of parents allow one or more unsafe costume items to be used by their child, including a mask, long, baggy or loose clothing and/or a sword, cane or stick," according to SafeKids.org.
>> Costumes that are light colored, or have reflective tape on them will help others see the trick-or-treater.
>> Shorter costumes and comfortable shoes create a night free of tripping, falls and fun
>> The weather can change suddenly, make sure costumes are big enough for children to wear layers while trick-or-treating if they need to.
>> Make sure costumes are flame-retardant since many kids will be walking near flame-lit jack-o-lanterns.
Tips are according to National Crime Prevention Council.
"Halloween blood and gore are harmless stuff for the most part," the National Crime Prevention Council wrote. "But sometimes dressing up as a superhero, a scary monster, or a slimy alien from outer space — coupled with the excitement of Halloween — brings out aggressive behavior. Even fake knives swords and guns can accidentally hurt people. If these objects are part of a child's costume, make sure they are made from cardboard or other flexible materials. Better yet, challenge kids to create costumes that don't need 'weapons' to be scary and fun."
>> Instead of masks, children should wear makeup. Masks impair vision for children and can be hot and uncomfortable, according to the National Crime Prevention Council.
>> Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights so they can see clearly, according to SafeKids.org.
>> Trick-or-treater's goody bags should have reflector tape around it or be light colored, according to SafeKids.org.
"Only one-third (35 percent) of parents discuss Halloween safety with their children every year," according to SafeKids.org.
>> "If you live in a rural area, offer all kids a ride in the car," according to the National Crime Prevention Council.
>> Talking to children about Halloween safety each year can help protect kids from preventable accidents.
>> Make sure either an adult or responsible youth is in charge of watching children under 12.
>> Establish a familiar route that is well lit for children to go around when trick-or-treating.
>> Confirm a return time for children.
>> Remind children to only go to homes that are well lit, and to not enter in a stranger's home.
These tips were provided by the National Safety Council.
"Parents and kids can avoid trick-or-treating troubles entirely by organizing a Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests, music, scary stories, and much more," according to the National Crime Prevention Council. Community Halloween activities is another safe place to spend Halloween.
"More than one in nine (12 percent) parents report that their child ages five years or younger is permitted to trick-or-treat without adult supervision," according to SafeKids.org.
>> Use crosswalks and obey other traffic rules when trick-or-treating.
>> Walk on sidewalks at all times. If trick-or-treaters must walk on the road, make sure they are facing traffic when they walk.
>> Don't run from house to house.
>> Don't cross through yards, in case an unseen object is in the yard.
>> End trick-or-treating when it gets dark.
Tips provided by the National Safety Council
"More than twice as many children are killed in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. as compared to the same hours on other days throughout the year," according to SafeKids.org.
>> Motorists should watch for children running near parked cars.
>> Keep an eye out for children in dark clothing, especially as it gets later in the evening.
>> Enter and exit driveways and intersections carefully.
>> Look out for children near curbs, medians and on the roads.
Tips were provided by National Safety Council.
"The fear of poisoned or tampered treats persist strongly, despite research that indicates that few incidents occur each year," according to SafeKids.org.
"What to eat?" wrote the National Crime Prevention Council. "Only unopened candies and other treats that are in original wrappers. Don't forget to inspect fruit and homemade goodies for anything suspicious."
>> One tip is for parents to feed children a heavy meal to keep kids from eating candy while trick-or-treating.
>>Check treats in a well lit area.
Tips provided by the National Crime Prevention Council.