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It's been quite a while since my last post, but I can always count on Halloween to stir up a little creative inspiration. Candy and costumes were my favorite parts of the sometimes misunderstood holiday, but Halloween kid movies were a close third. Here are a few tips I shall carry with me forever:
The Witches: Don't accept candy from strangers. You could end up like this guy. ^ Poor Bruno.
Casper: If your house is haunted, just make friends with the ghosts.
Ernest Scared Stupid: Milk does a body good AND defeats nasty trolls.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: DON'T mess with Christmas. That being said, there's a time and a place for every holiday. Department stores, take note.
And, of course, if we learned nothing else, every 90s kid knows, NEVER, EVER light the black flame candle. (Although, it could be fun.)
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- Look for flame-resistant costumes.
- Plan the Trick-or-Treat route and make sure adults know where children are going. A responsible adult should accompany young children.
- Make sure the Trick-or-Treaters have a flashlight. Add reflective tape to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags. Have everyone wear light-colored clothing in order to be seen.
- Visit only the homes with a porch light on. Accept treats at the door. Never go inside.
- Instead of masks, which can make it hard to see, consider using face paint.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic. Look both ways before crossing the street and cross only at the corner. Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Be cautious around pets and any other animals.
WELCOMING GHOSTS AND GOBLINS
- Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
- Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
- Restrain any household pets.
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
LEARN WHAT TO DO
Download the free American Red Cross First Aid App. Features of the app include:
- Step-by-step instructions on how to handle the most common first aid situations;
- Videos and animations that make the skills easy to learn;
- Safety and preparedness tips; and
- Quizzes that users can take to earn badges which they can share with their friends on social media.
People can find all of the Red Cross apps in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/mobileapps.