- Ask around your community and check your local newspaper for information on special events.
- Community centers, shopping malls and houses of worship often have organized festivities.
- Share the fun by arranging a visit to a retirement home or senior center.
- Create an alliance with college fraternities, sororities or service clubs for children’s face painting or a carnival.
BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:
- A good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating will discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats.
- Consider fire safety when decorating. Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.
- Always keep jack o’ lanterns and hot electric lamps away from drapes, decorations, flammable materials or areas where children will be standing or walking.
- Plan and review (with your children) the route and behavior which is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when revelers must return home.
- Along with flashlights for all, older children and escorts should carry a cell phone.
- Confine, segregate or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags.
- Remind all household drivers to remain cautious and drive slowly throughout the community.
- Adult party-goers should establish a designated driver.