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2010 Halloween Times and Tips

October 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

This Sunday is Halloween.  Official trick-or-treat times for Indianapolis are 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday evening.  If you would like to welcome trick-or-treaters to your home, please make sure your porch lights are on starting at 6:00!

Tips for a safe Halloween

Motorists—please do not exceed 20 MPH in neighborhoods this Halloween, regardless of the posted speed limit.

Trick or Treaters—always walk in-groups; parents should accompany young children. Older children should give their parents a
predetermined route and return time. Try to finish trick-or-treating before dark—if not, carry a flashlight. Only visit homes that are decorated or that have outside lights on—never enter a strange home or get in the car with a stranger. Always use sidewalks where available—if not, walk facing oncoming traffic.

Costumes—make sure your costumes are made of flame-retardant materials and are not so long as to trip you walking up and down steps. Use light colors or carry a glow stick or some type of reflective material. If you choose to wear a mask, make sure that your vision is not obstructed or walk with someone who can watch your step for you.

Treats—don’t eat your treats until you get home! Parents check out all treats in a well-lighted area and throw away any treat that has torn or damaged packaging. Fruit and homemade treats should be inspected very carefully, even to the point of cutting them up for a closer look.

Red Cross Tips:

Ghouls and goblins will take over the night. But even scary creatures need to be safe and celebrate Halloween right. Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains, but falls, costume mishaps and automobile collisions. The Red Cross wants your family to have a safe Halloween so we’re providing these tips, the lucky 13:

  • Map out the route that you plan to roam, so adults are assured you will find your way home!
  • From the bravest of superheroes to the noblest of knights, everyone should remember to bring their flashlights!
  • If you visit a house where a stranger resides, accept treats at the door and, please, don’t go inside.
  • When you get ready to put on your disguise, use face paint instead of masks, which will cover your eyes.
  • Always remember, before you embark, to wear light-colored clothing to be seen in the dark! (And remember to use reflective tape, even on bikes, skateboards and brooms!)
  • Whether you walk, slither or sneak, do it on the sidewalks and not in the street.
  • As you roam through the neighborhood collecting your treats, please look both ways before crossing the street! (And cross from the corner!)
  • Wigs, capes and costumes are flammable attire, so avoid open flames to prevent a fire!
  • Use a glow stick instead of a candle so your jack-o-lantern isn’t a safety gamble!
  • You may fly on a broom or a space ship from Mars, but please be on the lookout for drivers in cars! (And don’t hide between parked vehicles).
  • Monsters and zombies should stay off the lawn, and only visit homes with their porch lights turned on!
  • You may be dressed as a werewolf, a cat or a frog, but be cautious around strange animals, especially dogs.
  • Have a grown-up inspect your candy when you’re done trick-or-treating to remove open packages and choking hazards before eating.

For a detailed list of Halloween safety tips for motorists, parents and homeowners, visit www.redcross.org.

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