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					Halloween Safety Tips
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Halloween History

 Halloween was originally a Celtic
  celebration to welcome in the
  winter season.
 During this time, the Celts would
  open up their burial mounds
  allowing the spirits of their dead to
  walk through the village during the
  celebration.
Halloween History

   These wandering spirits would
    either bring safety to the villagers
    during the winter (Treat) or they
    would usher in cold, hard times
    (Trick).
Modern Halloween

   Now that Halloween has lost some
    if its more sinister
    connotations, it has
    become an event
    based on fun and
    fantasy for adults
    and children alike.
     Modern Halloween

   The marketplace sees Halloween as
    mainly a “sales event preparation” –
    an event that prepares retailers and
    consumers for the major holidays to
    follow – Thanksgiving, Christmas, New
    Years, and Valentines Day.
Modern Halloween

   It is also a good excuse
    to dress like Batman
    and eat as much candy
    as you can in 24 hours!
Halloween Safety Topics

1.   Treats
2.   Costume Materials
3.   Costume Design
4.   Houses to Trick-or-Treat
5.   Pedestrian Safety
          Treats

   Do not eat anything you receive while Trick-or-
    Treating until it is checked by an adult
       Food may be contaminated
       Allergies
   Candy Checks
       Carefully check all candy received as soon as the
        Trick-or-Treaters arrive home
       Remove all tampered, old, and “funny looking” candy
       Hospitals and Police Stations will check candy for
        FREE
   Bring your own candy to eat while Trick-or-
    Treating
Don’t Take Candy From This
Person…
Costume Materials

   FLAME RESISTANT MATERIALS!!
       $ 2.99 Costumes = NO!!
         As  a general rule, the cheaper the
          costume the less flame resistant it will
          be.
       Rayon and Synthetic Costumes
Costume Design

 Trim costumes with reflective tape
 Carry flashlights (glow sticks,
  flaming skulls, light sabers, etc.)
 Costumes should be short enough
  to prevent children from tripping
  and falling
 Wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes
Costume Design

   Masks should fit!
       Using face paint or make-up
        whenever possible is a great
        alternative
   Swords, knives,
    and similar costume
    accessories should
    be of soft and
    flexible material
Houses to Trick-or-Treat

 An ADULT should always
  accompany children
 Don’t talk to strangers
 Children should go only to homes
  where the residents are known
 Only visit houses with outside
  lights ON
 Never, ever go inside to collect
  candy
Welcoming Trick-or-Treaters

 Move Halloween decorations from
  the walkway
 Make sure to have lights ON
 Place battery operated lights in
  Jack-O-Lanterns to avoid fire
  hazard
 Keep sugar free and peanut free
  candy on hand
     Pedestrian Safety

            MOST IMPORTANT!
 Always have an adult or guardian
  present
 Walk on the side-walk – never in the
  street!
 Go in the late afternoon or at night –
  avoid sunset
Pedestrian Safety

 Avoid walking between parked cars
 While driving – WATCH FOR
  CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY WHEN
  BACKING – they really blend in
  while in costume!
Can You Find the Kid? – they
may blend into the decor
Resources

 www.wikipedia.com
 http://babyparenting.about.com/od/
  holidayactivities/a/halloweensafety.
  htm
 www.FDLE.com
 Images from Google Image Search
  and Microsoft ClipArt Gallery

				
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