How to Have a Hauntingly SAFE Halloween!

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It’s almost time for the night when children take over the neighborhood  showing off their costumes and going after as much candy as they can carry! As fun and exciting as this night may be, there are still a few safety tips to follow to ensure that everyone arrives home safe and sound.

We found this fun (and smart!) acrostic spelling out the way to a safe and fun Halloween from the CDC. Read more here: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/

undefined Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
undefined Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
undefined Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
undefined Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
   
undefined 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.
undefined Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
undefined Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
undefined Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
undefined Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
undefined Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
undefined Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
undefined Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
undefined Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

Even if you’re not walking around from house to house gathering candy, be sure to be extra careful when driving home from work or errands and be on the look out for little ghosts and goblins in your own neighborhood who are out and about.

At Charter Homes & Neighborhoods, we create The Great American Neighborhood® to have narrower streets–to encourage slower driving speeds through the neighborhoods, and offer home designs with rear entry garages–to keep cars off the streets. These characteristics of The Great American Neighborhood® create a safer place for you to call home–every day!

Happy Halloween!