Magazine article USA TODAY

It's Scary When Kids Aren't Safe

Magazine article USA TODAY

It's Scary When Kids Aren't Safe

Article excerpt

Casper the Friendly Ghost, who turned 60 this year, knows that sometimes it is fun to be invisible but, when it comes to safety, he is sending everyone an important message: Show your glow. See and be seen on Halloween.

Casper is offering the following safety tips for moms, dads, and kids:

COSTUME CHECKLIST

See clearly. If the costume has a mask, hat, eye patch, or other headgear, make sure your child can see clearly. Consider using makeup instead of a mask or have youngsters wait to put on the headgear until they are safely away from the street and other potential hazards such as steps, open jack o' lanterns, narrow walkways, etc.

Step freely. Long skirts, capes, or baggy pants often are a part of Halloween costumes, but extra material can entangle and trip small feet. Be certain costumes are short enough to allow safe movement. (It also is a good idea to see that shoes fit snugly and comfortably.)

VISIBILITY

Show your glow. Light sticks, glow jewelry, and reflective tape and decals add fun to costumes and make little trick-or-treaters much more visible at night. Flashlights (with fresh batteries) are great for lighting the way and keeping kids visible.

Go green. There are many types of solar-powered flashlights and lanterns that stay bright for days. …

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