For young ghouls and goblins who set out for trick-or-treating Saturday, officials say common sense is the best treat to possess.
"I think it's important that kids trick-or-treat with adult supervision, especially if it's after dark," says Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical Battalion Chief Peter Houston.
Houston said medical officials usually aren't called for accidents or medical problems involving children on Halloween. But he said older people may overdo the holiday, especially if it falls on a weekend.
City officials have set 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday as suggested trick-or-treat times.
Here are some safety tips from Children's World learning centers and Dr. Barton Schmitt at The Children's Hospital in Denver to guide parents in providing their children with a safe and happy Halloween:
- Avoid last-minute panic. Try to put a costume together well in advance.
- Make the costume large enough to wear over warm clothing and short enough that your child won't trip over it.
- Never wear masks that interfere with vision. Use makeup or face paint instead.
- Don't allow children to carry sharp objects. Swords and knives should be made out of cardboard.
- After dark, carry a flashlight and place reflective tape on the costume, or wear light-colored clothing.
- After dark, trick-or-treat only at homes with an outside light on.
- Guide your children toward homes of their friends and people they know, staying away from unfamiliar neighborhoods.
- Children should trick-or-treat with a parent or older sibling. In case they get lost, children should carry identification in a pocket or on a sleeve. It should not, however, be openly visible on their costumes.