Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips

This year’s holiday season will be kicking off in just a few weeks with ghosts and ghouls wandering the streets in search of goodies. Halloween is right around the corner which means it’s time to get costumes, routes, and candy in order. Having a safe night is more important than a bag full of candy. Here at Mountaineer Lincoln, we have a few trick-or-treat safety tips to make every parent’s life easier this Halloween!

  • Driving – Check your area’s local trick-or-treat hours and avoid driving if possible. If not, minimize distractions by turning off the radio, putting the smartphone away, and keep your lights on at all times. Doing so could prevent an accidental collision with a child.
  • Costumes – Make sure your child’s costume fits well enough that they aren’t going to trip, overheat, or be too cold on trick-or-treat night. Attach a glow stick to their costume to ensure you can spot them from a distance among a crowd of children. The last thing any parent wants is an injured or missing child, after all.
  • Routes – An adult should accompany children under the age of 12 while those over the age of 13 should stick to familiar, well-lit areas. Parents and supervisors should plan their route ahead of time to avoid any lost children and maximize candy collection.

Basic Pumpkin Carving Tips to Consider Before You Begin

Pumpkin Carving Tips

Carving the perfect pumpkin isn’t easy, and believe it or not, the tricks begin all the way back at the beginning: the pumpkin patch. Be sure that the pumpkins you are choosing from are fresh, with no visible bruises.

 

It’s also best to purchase a pumpkin with a flat bottom, which will make it easier to keep the pumpkin standing up. And if you plan to use the stem as a handle, keep a sharp eye out for sturdy-looking stems.

 

Once you’ve made your choice be sure that you scoop out as much pulp as you possibly can. This will make a huge difference in the longevity of your carved pumpkin’s lifespan and will help it to dry out more quickly.

 

Lastly, be safe with your cutting utensils. It may seem like a good idea to purchase cheap cutting tools—believing that you may not use them outside of pumpkin carving—but these are more likely to be insufficient and cause injury.

 

And of course, never allow children to carve pumpkins while unsupervised.

 

Do you have any other pumpkin carving tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments, and be safe as you celebrate Halloween in Beckley this year!