Archive for Friday, October 28, 1994


October 28, 1994


If the ghosts and goblins can't see, or if they fall flat on their fantastic faces, Halloween's treats won't seem quite so sweet.

A coalition of Kansas health officials cautions parents to beware of Halloween hazards on Monday, such as uneven pavement, high steps, cumbersome costumes, dark, unfamiliar surroundings and low-slung clothes lines, all of which can increase the risks of accidental injuries on Halloween.

"The worst thing, I would think, is costumes with guns," said Scott Witschorke, manager of Fun and Games, 816 Mass.

Witschorke said the toy guns he sells are orange and green -- designed to be obviously fake so they can't be mistaken for real guns. That's an error he's afraid could get a trick-or-treater killed.

The Kansas SAFE KIDS Coalition offers these trick-or-treat safety tips:

  • Instead of using loose-fitting masks that can obstruct vision, have children wear face paint or cosmetics.
  • If a mask is worn, make sure it fits securely. Cut the eye holes large enough for full vision.
  • Use flashlights.
  • Make costumes short enough to avoid tripping.
  • Secure hats so they will not slip over the eyes.
  • Wear shoes that fit. Parents' oversized shoes and high heels are not safe.
  • Accompany young children on their trick-or-treat rounds.
  • When driving, watch for children.
  • Teach children to exit and enter the car on the curb side, away from traffic.
  • Attach the name, address and phone number, with area code, to the child's clothes, but not in an easily visible place.
  • Teach children their phone numbers, and make sure they have change for a phone call in case of problems.
  • Tell children to travel only in familiar areas and along preestablished routes.

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