What do you get when you mix a lot of excitement, fun, tons of candy, a couple scary moments, and the chance to dress up as a super hero? Halloween of course.
With Halloween on Saturday, mothers and fathers are reminded to keep children safe. To help make this year’s festivity a trick-free treat, follow these simple safety tips to help your little ghosts and goblins have a hauntingly happy and safe Halloween.
* Only cross the street at corners.
* Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
* Put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
* Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
* Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
* Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
* Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep costumes both creative and safe
A good costume always makes Halloween more fun. You don’t have to spend a small fortune to dress up. You can use clothing and items you already have at home to create a unique look. Bold makeup and crazy hair add to the costume. To accessorize, check out area second-hand shops.
* Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
* Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
* Have children carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
* When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
* Avoid colored or decorative contact lenses, unless they have been prescribed by an eye doctor for your child.
* Put a name tag — with your phone number — on your children’s costumes.
* Avoid oversized and high-heeled shoes that could cause children to trip.
* Make sure that any props your children carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.
Gobbling down Halloween goodies
* Offer a filling meal before your children head out to trick-or-treat so they won’t eat too much of their haul.
* Consider purchasing Halloween treats other than candy. Stickers, erasers, crayons, pencils, coloring books, and sealed packages of raisins and dried fruits are good choices.
* Know how much candy your children have collected and store it somewhere other than under their beds. Consider being somewhat lenient about eating candy on Halloween, within reason, and talk about how the rest of the candy will be handled. Let your child have one or two treats a day instead of leaving candy out in big bags or bowls for kids to sample at will. Consider giving some of the treats away.
Drive extra safely on Halloween
* Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
* Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
* Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
* Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
* Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
* Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
Trunk-N-Treats in Mountain Area
To celebrate a safe and memorable Halloween, the following Mountain Area locations will host family-friendy Trunk-N-Treat festivities:
* 4 - 9 p.m., Harvest at the Grove, 42461 Highway 49, Ahwahnee.
* 4 p.m., Oakhurst Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane (behind Oakhurst Community Center).
* 5 - 7 p.m., Oakhurst College Center, corner of Road 426 and Civic Circle (sponsored by Oakhurst Area Camber of Commerce and the College Center).
* 5 - 7 p.m., downtown North Fork.
* 5:30 p.m., Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Oakhurst..
* 6:30 - 8 p.m., Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49, Oakhurst.
Many adult Halloween parties, complete with costume contests, will take place throughout the Mountain Area including the Pines Bar, Oak Room, Hitching Post, Crab Cakes, and the Buckhorn Saloon.