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Play it safe on trick-or-treat night

October 26, 2012
Estherville Daily News

With Estherville trick or treaters out and about Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, drivers should take care when traveling the residential areas between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Of course some of the responsibility for a safe Halloween relies on the parents and children.

Parents remind your youngsters to keep a lookout for vehicles when crossing the streets.

With the sun scheduled to set at 6:14 p.m., most of the youth will be out and about in the dark.

Have each child carry or wear something lit, such as a flashlight, glow bracelet or necklace, or flashing attire for visibility. Light-up shoes are also practical, and ever so noticeable on a dark Halloween night.

Require well-fitting shoes to be worn. While adorable in the store as a costume accessory, kids planning to go trick or treat should wear sturdy shoes and not the princess high-heel, too-large boots, or other types of shoes often shown with costumes. Save those types of shoes for costume parties and not when a child is going trick or treat.

Avoid costumes that drag on the ground. While cute initially, costumes that drag can trip up little feet, get caught on bushes, and create a tussle that sometimes results in the child wanting to remove the costume. Remember, kids who trick or treat want to be costumed and comfortable.

Be sure a child's mask allows full visibility and breathing. Spiderman masks, for example, sometimes only have small eye slits and nothing for the nose or mouth. Parents should try on masks for size and not hesitate to cut out larger openings for a trick or treater's comfort.

Trick or treaters should walk, not run, and should never cut across lawns or driveways. Obstacles could exist that aren't readily visible in the evening.

Only trick or treat at houses that are lit. Residents who do not wish to be bothered by trick or treaters often leave off their lights as a sign; respect their preference by only going to houses that are lit.



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