Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Halloween Safety Tips...

Happy Halloween...
Everyone WANTS a HAPPY Halloween, so here are some helpful hints to make sure you do!
*Below are Safety tips from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
For more information google their site. 
Kids get so excited this time of year, all because of the costumes! All I've heard is; "I'm gonna be.... for Halloween!"

I was amazed that some stores had Halloween items out in the month of AUGUST!
All picture are from Google Images. 
Photos by NeeCee
Do your Kids write a letter to the great pumpkin? Do you have any Halloween traditions you do with your family?  When we ALL lived in the same area, my husband & I would host a FAMILY dinner. The grandchildren were TOO young to trick or treat and they weren't in school yet. AND, 3 of the grandchildren have BIRTHDAYS around Halloween. So it was a party too! We lived in the country so we never had trick or treater's! We looked forward to the FAMILY Dinner.
 The kids and grand-kids LOVED it! 
I like CUTE or original ideas for costumes. Not the ones you see above!
I use to make my children's costumes, for YEARS!
 They loved them and I loved making them!
This was the year our daughter was Cinderella. Don't ask me why our son isn't in his costume!?! This might have been the year he was a computer!?! 
Now isn't SHE...CUTE?
There's our boy! He loved his pirate costume!
OUR kids were only allowed to trick or treat in our neighborhood, and only people we KNEW. And of course FAMILY & FRIENDS. Most years their SCHOOL held a carnival, so that's where WE went!
We lived in town, so either Mom or Dad would stay and hand out treats!
YIKES....always TOO much candy! Somehow, over half of it would go BYE-BYE!
DARN...CANDY THIEVES!! Shucks, what a SHAME!!!
Don't let the Beasties get YOU! Have a Happy & Safe Halloween!
Trick or Trick with Style....
*See Safety Tips Below

A few safety tips from US Consumer Product Safety Commission

Halloween Safety

A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering.
Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts.
Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.
  • For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Bags or sacks should also be light colored or decorated with reflective tape. Reflective tape is usually available in hardware, bicycle, and sporting goods stores.
  • To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights.
  • Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling.
  • Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother' s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking.
  • Hats and scarfs should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes.
  • Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. If a mask is used, however, make sure it fits securely and has eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
  • Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material.
Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers.
Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome.
  • Children should not enter homes or apartments unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  • People expecting trick-or-treaters should remove anything that could be an obstacle from lawns, steps and porches. Candlelit jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from landings and doorsteps where costumes could brush against the flame. Indoor jack-o'-lanterns should be kept away from curtains, decorations, and other furnishings that could be ignited.
For further information on product safety, consumers may call the U.S . Consumer Product Safety Commission's toll-free hotline on (800) 638-2772. Hearing impaired consumers may use TTY (301) 595-7054.

CPSC Document #5042

Be Safe...Happy Halloween...NeeCee Signature

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