Legion offers safety tips for Halloween fun

Every year around Oct. 31, childrens’ fantasies come true. They look forward to dressing-up as their favorite character and knocking on neighbors’ doors to ask the age-old question “Trick or Treat?”

Not too surprisingly, they usually get what they want – a bag full of sweets and goodies. However, even children’s fantasies can sour if parents and children do not properly prepare for a safe night.

Grandview’s Fred E. Hayes Post 57 of the American Legion is very concerned about the welfare of youth and offers the following tips to help parents and their children keep trick-or-treat safety in mind during this Halloween season.

  • All children should know their phone number and address;

  • A responsible adult should always accompany children;

  • Do not visit homes that have their porch lights turned off;

  • Costumes should be light in color to aid visibility, be fire resistant, and not pose a tripping hazard;

  • Use make-up instead of vision-blocking masks;

  • Always use sidewalks and obey traffic signals;

  • Always cross the street at corners. Never cross the street between parked cars;

  • Use flashlights on dark streets;

  • Never go into a house for any reason;

  • Never go with somebody without prior parental permission;

  • Only accept sealed and wrapped treats;

  • Always wait until adult checks all treats at home before eating;

  • Dial 911 for emergencies, or dial 0 for an operator.

“As long as Halloween activities are sponsored and promoted in our various communities, our post believes children and parents should know how to make this observance as safe as possible,” said Post Commander Robert Gates.

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