Day 306 - How To Be Safer This Halloween With A Plastic Pumpkin.
Happy Halloween all you ghouls and goblins! It's officially the big day and it's time to celebrate. However, let's start the day with a public service announcement. Did you know that pedestrians are twice as likely to be killed on Halloween night than any other night of the year? Check out other scary stats here on Safe Kids Worldwide "Quick Tips For A Safe Halloween." In the meantime here is Halloween hack that could provide a little safety in the dark of night but remember this is just a start in keeping Halloween safe! You need a set of battery operated fairy lights, a flashlight and a few household items. Check out this video on how to create a plastic halloween light up pumpkin.
Additionally, below are a few tips to make Halloween safe.
- It's dark out there. The first time I took out my daughter to trick-or-treat, I didn't anticipate how dark it could be at 6:30pm. It was so dark I couldn't see the ground and it was also raining. We were slipping and tripping on the sidewalk and steps. Bring a flashlight and make sure everyone is visible with reflective tape.
- Open flames are a real risk. Everyone is wearing costumes that can potentially light on fire. I witnessed a near miss of a small child, a pumpkin without a top and a lit candle. The child was wearing a long flowing costume and as he walked by the lit pumpkin, his costume it draped over the lit flame. Thankfully nothing caught on fire. However, the potential danger left a big impression in my memory. It's important to think about fire on Halloween from both the home owners perspective and the people trick-or-treating. Consider using LED lights vs candles and make sure costumes away stay away from flames
- Don't answer the door unless you check the peep hole. It was last Halloween and it was just past the time kids would be trick-or-treating. I was home alone and the front door was open. A few teenage boys came up the steps with scary masks and I almost shut the door but I didn't. All they wanted was candy but something about the encounter gave me the creeps. Be safe. Keep the door closed and look out a peep hole to confirm visitors are coming with good intentions.
- Drivers forget to slow down and pedestrians can't see. Kids are excited and costumes sometimes prohibit visibility. Drivers still drive like it's day time. Both groups need to be aware and slow down, look around and know that everyone is just trying to have a wonderful Halloween.
In short, let's all work together to keep everyone's Halloween happy and accident free. Have a super fun All Hallows Eve and be safe everyone. See you tomorrow candy monsters!