Halloween is coming! How Ghould will yours be?

With Halloween fast approaching, there is a lot of hustle and bustle about what to wear, where to go, what treats to have on hand, and much, much more.  As I’m sure you’re aware, it is just about 2 weeks away from the big SCARE.


When I was young, my costume was made up of various garbs depending on my particular mood of the season; however, I always used face paint rather than an actual mask.  My parents insisted that face paint was better than a mask from a safety standpoint.  As I grew older, I decided that a mask was the better way to go.  Although the mask was a cooler look, my parents were right about how well I could see when I was on my hunt for treats.


I know most everyone tries to follow good safety rules when they are taking the little ones around for treats and treasures; but just as a reminder, here are a few safety tips for young and old and an enjoyable Halloween:


  1. When choosing a costume for a little one, make sure it is big enough to go over appropriate wear for the weather.  Halloween almost always signifies the beginning of the fall feel in the air and in many instances is cold and/or rainy.


  1. Make sure that any masks fit in such as fashion as to allow good and safe vision by the wearer.


  1. Use a light device.  Glow sticks are a great addition to any Halloween costume for the little ones.  It works as an alert to passing drivers and provides some light for walking.  If you have low branches in your yard, attach a few light sticks to them to alert Trick or Treaters that they are present and could be a hazard.  You can find them at any party or dollar store as well as Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target.


  1. If you are giving out Halloween treats, make sure that they are commercially packaged.  I know that in the day when I was a youngster, cookies and apples were a great treat; however, in today’s world, packaging lets parents know that the treats are safe.  If you happen to run late on Halloween and forget to stop at the store, a great substitute is nickels, dimes, quarters and pennies.  Just make sure they are not the proverbial “Charlie Brown Rock”.


  1. If you have a pumpkin carved, make sure that the pumpkin is placed in a safe place in case it gets knocked over.  If at all possible, use the “flickering artificial candle” to light your pumpkin.  You can find those at most of the party and dollar stores, Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart for a reasonable price.


  1. Last but not least, if you are attending an adult party, make sure you take along a designated driver or hire a taxi or some form of public transportation to take you to and from your party.  Halloween parties can be lots of fun.  With this year’s Halloween falling on a Friday, it is a double good time to celebrate the season.  Just make sure you are doing it safely.  After all, a taxi is a lot less expensive than a DUI.


From all of us here at Paragon, have a safe and fun Halloween.

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