Time for Ghosts and Goblins!


Here we are, in mid-October!  Stores are full of Halloween–from candy to costumes to decorations!  The fun is almost here!  Seems like Halloween has become as much of an adult holiday now as it is a kids’ one–guess we just decided it was too much fun to give up, just because we all grew up!

San Antonio offers lots of fun activities all around town for all ages, from haunted houses to safe trick-or-treating to clinics and some hospitals that will check candy for safety!

All us us “adult” kids have our own kinds of Halloween fun to enjoy, but if yours includes children or if you live near where they’re likely to be on Halloween evening, here are a few reminders about safety.  Halloween is a fun time–let’s keep it that way!


 Keep pathways and porches well lighted for easy navigation. Look for and remove any tripping hazards such as garden hoses and low potted plants.

Never use candles as outdoor decoration as costumes, kids and pets can easily knock them over and cause a fire. Use small battery-operated lights instead. There are some that look just like small votive candles and provide the same effect without the flame.

If using decorations such as dried corn stalks, be sure to keep them away from any flames or other fire sources.

Trick-or-treaters should use flashlights to guide their way from home to home. This will also help them be more visible to drivers. Stick to familiar neighborhoods, and visit only homes where the lights are on.

Be sure that any costumes are labeled as flame resistant. This makes them safer, but does not mean they are completely flame proof. Avoid overly long and loose sleeves, and be sure the length allows the child to walk normally.

If using masks, be sure they fit the child properly and allow them to see clearly. Alternatively, face paint or make-up is a good option for a safe disguise.

Children should refrain from eating their goodies until a parent can examine the treats for opened or damaged wrappers or any off-limits ingredients.  And, parents, you might want to “ration” the goodies over several days.  Halloween’s on a school night this year, so if you want your little goblins to sleep that night, don’t let them eat too much that evening!  (Consider this the voice of experience!)

When driving, be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters that may dart out into the street unexpectedly. Drive slowly and cautiously, and make sure headlights are on.

Turn on your porch light to let trick-or-treaters know your home is welcoming them.  If  you won’t be home, consider leaving a bowl of treats outside or just leave your lights off.   Also, turn the lights off when your treats are gone!

Speaking of treats, if you give out food/candy, be sure things are individually wrapped, for safety.  Otherwise it’s likely to be discarded.  Alternatively, consider giving out non-food items–many stores offer inexpensive coupons you can purchase.  Or consider inexpensive party favors with a Halloween theme–available at party stores or other places that sell party goods.  Kids get so much candy, sometimes parents appreciate seeing something else in that goodie bag!

Remember your pets–doorbells ringing and strangers coming can be upsetting to some, so consider keeping them safely enclosed in a bedroom or other quiet place.  Don’t let your pets, especially cats, roam outside on Halloween.

Be safe and enjoy the evening!