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'BOO'tiful Halloween safety tips

by Nick Stubbs Stephanie Witty
Thunderbolt staff writer

Parents, there's no doubt in my military mind that your kids have informed you several times by now, "Halloween is coming! Halloween is coming!". Yes, it's that time of year again and kids are losing their collective minds with the thought of filling their bags with goodies supplied by neighbors from almost every home in the neighborhood. It's going to be a fun time, but remember, it could be a scary time for kids if you are not mindful of the dangers that lurk around them. With that in mind, let's go over some safety tips to make this Halloween a "BOO" tiful time for the children.

You and your child should know in advance the route they will be taking. (If not, your child will end up across town if you aren't watching!)

Small children should be accompanied by an adult. Don't trust a big kid to be responsible for your child. (Can you imagine Bart Simpson in charge of the group?)

Instruct kids not to eat any candy until they get home, so can you inspect the cache first. (Better to be safe than sorry, plus you get to pick your favorite candy out.)

Be careful and watch for inattentive drivers when crossing streets. (Batman will be out on the prowl.)

Walk on sidewalks, not in the street. (You don't want child to be caught like a dear in headlights.)

Walk; do not run, from house to house. (I have yet to see a house outrun a child.)

Do not cross yards where unseen objects or uneven terrain can present tripping hazards. (Snakes are out there too!)

Never let your children trick or treat alone!!! (Good little ghost and goblins travel in packs.)

Choose bright colors or add reflective tape to costumes. (Kids should be seen and not…well, you know the rest.)

Finally, costumes should not be a hazard to children, make sure they can see where they are going and the costume design allows them to walk without tripping or falling. (The Mummy can appreciate that tip.)

There is a curfew on Halloween for all ghouls and ghoulettes under 17 years of age on MacDill AFB. The 6th Security Forces Squadron's "Pumpkin Patrol" will be in full force Halloween night and will be vigilant to ensure all little vampires and zombies are safely in the house by midnight. Now, for our older Witches and Warlocks out chasing the moon, please don't drink and "fly", (you know what I mean), maintain balance on those brooms so you too can land safely home. The staff of the 6 AMW safety office encourages all kids, big and small, to have a safe and happy Halloween!




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