The time is nigh for goblins and ghouls to wander the streets of Wichita — Halloween is just days away! All the little witches and warlocks (and football players and princesses, too) want to have a scary-good time, so follow a few tips to ensure that they make it home safe and sound after a night of tricks, treats and street crossings:
- Dress for the weather — Wichita’s current forecast for Halloween is 62 F during the day, which sounds lovely, but the low should be around 34 F. Trick-or-treat time will probably be in the high 40s to 50s, and with no sun to warm the skin, those temperatures start to feel chilly fast. Many store-bought costumes are made of thin materials that offer little protection from the cooler nights of October. Heed the weatherman and dress accordingly, adding leggings or pants, undershirts and warm socks. Parents or older siblings can carry jackets for the trick-or-treaters to wear between house knocks.
- Aim for high visibility — Costumes are super-fun, and they’re super-safe if they are made with bright fabrics, busy colors and even flashing lights. Look for a blinking pumpkin necklace to finish off a costume, or give each child a flashlight to shine as they walk from house to house.
- Stay safe in numbers — Try to pair your little one up with at least one sibling or friend for the evening. Even if a bigger group hangs out together, remind the children that they have one partner throughout the night whom they should stick close to and go up to each house with.
- Be mindful of porch candles — Some people enjoy putting real candles in jack-o-lanterns or having a candle arrangement on the porch. Such ambiance can be beautiful or scary as intended, but little children need to be warned to stay away from any open flames. Costumes that are loose or frilly are more susceptible to catching on fire — not a good way to end a night of trick-or-treating. Keeping a safe distance from anything that flickers is the best way to avoid a fire hazard.
- Keep an eye out — Parents tagging along can keep an eye out for their kids, giving them the independence to go up to each door but maintaining a watchful eye for anything out of the ordinary, even on Halloween. Also be mindful of cars, as little lions, cats and ghosts darting into the street are difficult for drivers to see, especially in the twilight and later hours.
Most of all, enjoy getting out and about in the fresh air and mingling with all the neighborhood kiddos. Happy Halloween!
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