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Trick-or-Treat Safety Guidelines for Spooky Little Kids!

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Pumpkin Bullet Always use common sense.

Pumpkin Bullet Young children should always go trick-or-treating with an adult. Even older children should trick-or-treat in groups.

Pumpkin Bullet Never trick-or-treat alone. Have at least 2 little ghosts or gobblin buddies go with you.

Pumpkin Bullet Plan your entire route. Draw a map and make sure your parents have a copy of it. If you see a ghoul (cool) house that is not on your route, DO NOT go there, go to the next house on your map. It's best to visit the homes of neighbors that you know personally.

Pumpkin Bullet Make sure that you are wearing a flame retardant costume.

Pumpkin Bullet Dress appropriately for the weather, keeping in mind that you can get hot inside Halloween costumes.

Pumpkin Bullet Ensure that your mask allows you to see clearly, or avoid masks altogether by using make-up. Be careful that the make-up you buy is safe for general use. Hypo-allergenic and non-toxic make-up is best.

Pumpkin Bullet Wear light clothing or reflective tape to ensure visibilty to motorists. Avoid long, draping costumes that can cause children to trip or stumble.

Pumpkin Bullet Don't use sharp objects or pointed objects as props or parts of a costume. If you stumble, you could get hurt.

Pumpkin Bullet Wait until you get home and your parents check your candy before you eat it. Don't eat candy or treats that aren't wrapped or packaged by the factory.

Pumpkin Bullet Be very cautious of strangers. Never to talk to strangers, or take rides from strangers.

Pumpkin Bullet Accept treats only in the doorway. Never go inside a house. If someone asks you to come inside. . . don't go.

Pumpkin Bullet Wear identification, either attached to your costumes, around your necks, or on a bracelet. (PARENTS: Make sure your child knows his or her complete name, address and telephone number with area code. It seems like a lot to remember, but this is one of the most important child safety tips.)

Pumpkin Bullet Be sure and say thank you for your treats. You may get more candy by being nice and polite.

Pumpkin Bullet Don't play near lit jack-o-lanterns.

Pumpkin Bullet Visit only houses where the lights are on.

Pumpkin Bullet Walk, DO NOT run. Don't play between parked automobiles.

Pumpkin Bullet Walk on sidewalks and driveways.

Pumpkin Bullet Cross the street at the corner or in a crosswalk. Obey all traffic laws.

Pumpkin Bullet Borrow Mommy or Daddy's cellular phone to take with you. (PARENTS: Show your child how to dial 911. Most cities send the police whether or not a request is made, so let your child know this is for emergencies only, and not a game. Also let your children know that they can dial "911" or "0" from any pay phone without using any money.)

Pumpkin Bullet Wear a watch.

Pumpkin Bullet Carry a BIG flashlight with a strong beam. Make sure you have a fresh battery. It's not a bad idea to carry an extra.

Pumpkin Bullet Learn these three rules if you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation:

  1. SAY NO!

. . . Start by taking your kids, not sending them!
. . . Add to the fun by including other families!
. . . Find a "family-friendly" neightborhood (even if you must drive them there)!
. . . Escort young children to the door; instruct them never to enter a house!
. . . Have children use the "buddy system" - pick a partner and stick together!
. . . Avoid close encounters with candles - in and out of jack-o-lanterns!
. . . Light your way by remembering to take flashlights!
. . . Leave dark houses behind; if there is no porch light, trick-or-treaters are not welcome!
. . . Observe safety sense; cross streets at intersections after looking both ways!
. . . Wear comfortable costumes that don't obstruct vision; use reflector tape!
. . . Educate your children about "stranger danger" in age-appropriate ways!
. . . Equicp yourselves with cell phones or walkie talkies!
. . . Nibble candy at home after a thorough checking by parents!

Pumpkin Bullet Most important of all. . . Have FUN!

Trick-or-Treat Safety Guidelines for Spooky Little Pets!
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Pumpkin Bullet Keep your pet indoors and away from the door and the frightening sights and sounds of trick-or-treaters.

Pumpkin Bullet Make sure your pet is wearing an updated ID tag. If the pet gets spooked and becomes lost, visit the humane society and any county-run animal shelters every 72 hours.

Pumpkin Bullet Keep candy out of reach. Chocolate is toxic to pets, and candy wrappers pose a choking hazard.

Pumpkin Bullet Don't let kids take the dog trick-or-treating.

Pumpkin Bullet Think twice about putting a costume on your pet. If you must dress it up for photos, don't leave it unattended, and remove the costume promptly.

Pumpkin Bullet Keep jack-o'-lanterns out of reach. Don't light the jack-o'-lantern with a candle, use a small light blub that is battery driven or electric instead.

Pumpkin Bullet Get help for a pet in distress by calling your local humane society. In the Phoenix area, call 602-997-7585.

Pumpkin Bullet - Send a friend a "Spooky" greeting card! It's FREE!

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