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Halloween Safety Tips

With Halloween coming up, people are preparing costumes, and getting ready to stuff baskets and stomachs with candy. However, there is one thing most people tend to put in the back of their minds: safety. Safety should be the top priority, whether it be making sure the costume is well-fitted so a child does not trip over it, or checking every piece of candy to make sure it has not been tampered with.

One of the biggest issues of Halloween is, while most people travel by foot, the roads of neighborhoods are still used for regular transportation. This poses a threat to the pedestrians; they risk an accident with a vehicle. The best way to avoid this is to wear bright, vibrant costumes. This way, the person wearing the costume is either incredibly noticeable, or easily reflects light. However, if the costume is a dark color, one should opt for a bright, reflective bag. People should always use the crosswalks and walk in pairs, because walking alone is much more dangerous. Doing these things greatly reduces the chances of being involved in an accident.

Another danger during Halloween is receiving candy that is dangerous. For a child, the parent should check for candies that could be a choking hazard depending on their age. Additionally, if a parent, or anyone finds a piece of candy that is either homemade, or has been unwrapped, they should most definitely get rid of it. These things do not always mean that the candy is dangerous, or has been tampered with, but having one more piece of candy to eat is not worth the risk.

Taking all of the precautions to make sure that one is safe is worth the joy of dressing up, running around with friends, and stocking up on candy. Have fun, and don’t forget to shout: “Trick or treat!”

Morgan Tiffany & Madelynn Marmolejo