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Whether you are a child or an adult Halloween is a night of tricks, treats, and lots of fun. Unfortunately it’s also a night were people often forget to exercise caution. We at the Consumer Affairs Officewould like to provide everyone with a few tips to help make this Halloween a fun and safe night. 

Trick-or-Treating: Trick or treat

  • Children should be accompanied by an adult and teens should travel in groups.  If you are not accompanying your child, attach their full names and a phone number to their costumes somewhere if they are too young to remember them.
  • Stay in well lit areas and carry a flashlight.  Have your kids trick-or-treat in areas where there are a lot of people around. They should also avoid taking short-cuts through alleys and parking lots.  Plan the route ahead of time.
  • Never allow a child to enter someone’s home or apartment alone.
  • Check treats for any kind of tampering before eating.  Do not let children accept homemade treats from someone you do not know very well.
  • Abide by local city or town curfew hours.

 

Halloween Parties:

  • Carve pumpkins on stable, flat surfaces with good lighting.  Do not let children use sharp knives; have children draw a face on the outside of the pumpkin then have an adult do the cutting.   Witches
  • Place jack-o-lanterns and other candles away from curtains and other flammable objects and do not leave lighted pumpkins unattended.
  • Do not let children use real candles.  Artificial lights and candles are a safer alternative. 
  • Do not overload extension cords or sockets and use heavy-duty extension cords for decorations that require high wattage.

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Jayda Leder-Luis is the Communications Coordinator at the Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation.

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