Ghosts, vampires, princesses and pirates will fill the streets tomorrow celebrating Halloween. No one wants this fun filled day to end badly and the American Red Cross has a few tips to insure a safe celebration. Omaha – Council Bluffs Regional Communications Officer Liz Dorland says they have a few recommendations for those manning the candy dish handing out treats. They recommend you leave outdoor lights on and sweep leaves away from the sidewalks and steps. Clear the porch or the front yard of obstacles that children can trip over and use a battery candle or a glow stick inside a jack-o-lantern instead of a candle.
The American Red Cross also reminds parents to add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags. Make sure all costumes are flame resistant and use face makeup instead of masks. If children are heading out alone make sure they have a flashlight. Instruct them to visit only homes that have a porch light on and only accept treats at the door. Children need to stay on the sidewalks if possible and don’t cut across yards or between parked cars.
Dorland says adults wanting to add a bit of fright to a child’s Halloween by making a front yard display should keep it age appropriate. You don’t want to make it so scary that a child runs into the street. She also reminds pet owners to secure them so they don’t dart out of the house while answering the door.