Council & Associates October 2019

SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR FOR CLASSROOMS AND SIDEWALKS Halloween is a day most children look forward to, both as the unofficial start of the holiday season and as a frightfully good time in its own right. But the terrifying fun that comes from donning a costume and hunting for candy shouldn’t also come with a risk of actual danger. Due to the high volume of small pedestrians on the road during All Hallows’ Eve, it’s important for trick- or-treaters and drivers alike to remain vigilant and use best practices. Before you start going door to door, there’s the matter of Halloween in the classroom, which also poses some safety concerns. You should consult your child’s school handbook for rules regarding what is and isn’t permissible. It goes without saying that you should not allow your child to bring anything resembling a real-life weapon to school, but you’ll also want to research mask and costume restrictions. It’s also worth considering that school is many hours long. Don’t dress kids up in anything bulky or uncomfortable that can’t be easily removed.

Jack-o’-lanterns go hand-in-hand with Halloween, but digging through the inside of a pumpkin is not something everyone enjoys. If you aren’t keen on cutting open a pumpkin, here are a few no-carve ideas you can try this Halloween! HAUNTED HOUSE Take a few pumpkins, stack them on top of each other, and create a spooky pumpkin haunted house! Then, use paint, balsa wood sheets, and hot glue to create silhouettes, ghosts, windows, and doors for a haunting effect! CREATIVE WITH STRING Use cotton twine and hot glue to create a web-like design on the surface of your pumpkin. Don’t forget to add a few plastic spiders! You can also use string art to create ghostly words or images. Lay our your design with small pegs or nails and wrap the string around them to reach your desired effect. NOTHING BUT NET You can create eerie pumpkins using fishnet stockings. Spray-paint your pumpkin if desired — just make sure the design of the stockings will stand out. Once the paint is dry, cut the legs off the stockings, slide the pumpkin inside, remove the extra fabric around the stem, and use hot glue to secure it. COLORFUL PAINT Painting your Halloween pumpkins gives everyone a chance to participate. Be creative by using different designs, cutouts for silhouettes, drip paint to create a marble design, or nail polish and water to give white pumpkins a unique and vibrant look. A SPOOKY MONSTER By adding a witch hat, wrapping a pumpkin in cheesecloth, attaching spider legs, or tying on a vampire cape, you can create a pumpkin version of the most popular Halloween monsters. Along with these accessories, you can also use paint, construction paper, and other craft materials to add the details that will make your creation pop! NO-CARVE PUMPKIN DESIGNS! JUST I N T IME FOR HALLOWEEN

When it comes time for trick-or-treating, add some high-visibility items to your child’s costume or considering bringing a

reflective candy bag. Always cross the street in groups and make sure to walk, not run, on unfamiliar blocks and properties. It’s also a good idea to plan out your route in advance

so you know what to expect and avoid getting lost. And of course, make sure your kids have a chaperone, whether it’s you, a trusted neighbor, or relative.

If you’re driving on Halloween, you should assume you’ll

encounter kids on every corner and even outside of crosswalks. Make sure you come to a complete stop at all intersections and drive with extreme caution. Peak trick-or-treating hours run from about 5:30–9:30, so be especially careful during those times.

Having fun on Halloween shouldn’t mean risking peace of mind. Kids rightfully think candy comes first on Oct. 31, so it’s up to you to put safety in focus. Sadly, though, not all accidents are preventable. If your child is injured by a car on Halloween or any other day, call our firm at 404.465.1252.

For more detailed directions for these pumpkin designs and more ideas, visit WomansDay.com.

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