Goblins will be cruising the streets in search of goodies in a few weeks, and state and national organizations are offering some tips to make this Halloween a safer and more enjoyable event for parents and children.
"Children can become so excited about a special time like Halloween that they lose sight of the potential dangers," said Manya Unger, national president of the Parent-Teacher Association."It's for that reason PTAs across the country host special Halloween events and educate parents and children about how to avoid harm," Unger said.
Halloween kicks off the PTA's third annual Safety and Protection Month. And the Utah Division of Consumer Protection has some tips for parents to help protect their children while trick or treating.
"Every year there are reports of dangerous objects and drugs being given to unsuspecting children along with treats," said Pat Eyre, Consumer Protection spokeswoman.
"Although incidents of malicious tampering are rare, children should be warned that the possibility exists and precautions must be taken to ensure their safety," Eyre said.
Those precautions include inspecting all candy before children dive into the goodies, she said. Adults always should accompany children during treat gathering, and stop only at well-lighted houses and apartments.
Costumes should be comfortable and well-fitting, including safe, sturdy shoes. Costumes should be flame retardant or flame resistant and visible at night.
For dark costumes, add a few reflective stripes so motorists can see the treaters easier at night. Affix name, address and phone number inside costumes worn by young children. Masks should be replaced by artful makeup.
Hospitals along the Wasatch Front routinely offer screening of candy during Halloween. And check with local PTAs and churches to see what's offered for children and adults.