The Fabric Mavericks gives tips for Halloween Safety
The time has finally arrived for one of the most fun times of the year- Halloween. The air is starting to turn crisp and cold. The leaves are beginning to fall to make a crunchy noise under the feet. I must tell you that I grew up in a very small town in a household full of children. We ruled the neighborhood. When Halloween came around, we trooped the street in a group collecting our treats in costumes made up from anything and everything at home. No store bought costumes for us! It was a night of adventures. I might add that we never caused any harm to any property or person. Everyone in the neighborhood knew us and would report us to Mom if we did do somthing wrong. Next door there lived the two sisters, Ms. Spain. These two maiden ladies were as excited as we were on Halloween. They outdid themselves creating homemade delights such as caramel apples, popcorn balls, brownies and cookies! Oh, my! Never did we have to worry that someone would poison us or slip harmful things into the treats. Unfortunately, no longer can we trust that people will not do harm to our children on this holdiay.
Here are some tips to make your children's Halloween more enjoyable:
1. If it is possible, try to make sure the costume fabric is flame retardant.
2. Make sure the costume is not so long that the child will trip over it.
3. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure that they can see properly. You may need to enlarge the eye holes for proper vision.
4. Your child should never "trick or treat" alone. They should go with several friends; There should be a definite time to be home.
5. Young children should be accompanied by parents.
6. Only go to houses that you can trust. Do not go to homes that do not welcome children at this time of the year..
7. Many neighborhoods have Halloween parties. You might want to skip going door-to-door in favor of the neighborhood party.
8. Homeowners should keep their house well lit. Any loose steps should be repaired. If you have jack-o-lanterns, use the new LED lighting instead of candles. A child's costume might accidentally be set on fire if it is blown across a candle.
9. Make sure that children carry flashlights to light their way
10. After the children have returned from their adventure, look the candy over carefully to see if it looks tampered with. Discard any dubious treats. Only accept homemade treats from wonderful grandmothers like me!
I don't know about you but I suddenly feel the urge for a homemade popcorn ball. Happy Halloween! Be Safe!