How to Stay Safe During Halloween
The streets will most likely be crawling with villainous creatures, superheroes, strangely configured animals and odd manifestations of cultural icons the evening of Oct. 31. Small ones, medium-sized ones, even some large ones. But fret not over the potential perils of these unusually costumed concoctions – these unidentified walking objects (UWOs).
Reckon yourself safe from the dangers these little ones may seem to pose. They are relatively harmless – at least until the sugar surge from all that Halloween candy kicks in, and then at that point you may want to consider fleeing hysterically for the hills to find shelter.
We at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club understand the delight that the ritual of trick or treating brings to children and parents. Set along other holidays – like Thanksgiving, birthdays and Christmas – Halloween is uniquely participatory, meaning you got to go and ask to get and receive.
Nonetheless, the joys – and who could ever forget all those gooey chocolaty treats with creamy centers – live on for many years. But to help everyone have fun and stay safe during Halloween, parents and adults must take certain precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a set of tips linked together with an acronym, SAFE HALLOWEEN:
Swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
Always test make-up in small areas first. Remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
Look both ways before crossing streets. Use established crosswalks when possible.
Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
Only walk on sidewalks when possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips and falls.
Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
We at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club wish for you a wonderful and yummy Halloween evening of trick-or-treating. Take a look at our calendar for more events and keep up with all of the latest news from Golden Ocala by following us on Facebook and Twitter.