City of Marco Island Plans for a Safe Halloween

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  • In addition, Halloween safety tips from the Fire and Police Department tips are listed below to ensure a safe Halloween for all.
  • The Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Halloween SPOOKTACULAR” event at Mackle Park.
Use make-up on children’s faces rather than allowing them to wear masks, which are hard to see through and can make breathing difficult.

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Use make-up on children’s faces rather than allowing them to wear masks, which are hard to see through and can make breathing difficult.

MARCO ISLAND — The City of Marco Island provides residents the opportunity to have a safe Halloween. The Parks and Recreation Department will host a “Halloween SPOOKTACULAR” event at Mackle Park on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Costume contest will be held at 5:30 p.m. for ages 4 and under, 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10. There will be face painting, costume contest, crafts, music, games and pumpkin patch sales. In addition, Halloween safety tips from the Fire and Police Department tips are listed below to ensure a safe Halloween for all.

Fire Safety Tips:

■ Purchase only costumes, wigs and props labeled flame resistant or flame retardant. When creating a costume, choose material that does not easily ignite in contact with heat or flame.

■ Plan costumes that are brightly colored or have reflective material. Be sure, that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.

■ Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all trick-or-treaters and their escorts, or incorporate chemical light sticks into costumes.

■ Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations well away from all open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs.

■ Use extreme caution when decorating with candles, and supervise children at all times when candles are lit. Jack-o-lanterns can also be illuminated with battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks.

■ Be sure to place lit jack-o-lanterns well away from all combustible items such as drapes and decorations, or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking.

■ Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects.

■ Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, ensuring nothing blocks escape routes.

■ Use flashlights as alternatives to candles or bamboo torches when decorating walkways and yards. They are much safer for trick-or-treaters, whose costumes may brush against them.

■ Try to eliminate tripping hazards around porches and walkways. Remove flowerpots, low tree limbs, support wires or garden hoses that may prove hazardous to young trick-or-treaters.

■ Instruct children to stay away from open flames or other heat sources. Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll in the event costumes catch fire.

Police Safety Tips:

■ Be sure that at least one adult accompanies children at all times, with a definite route and timetable set before leaving for trick-or-treating. If you’re going door-to-door, select a route that has adequate street lighting.

■ Try to complete the route before dark. If darkness falls and a few more houses are beckoning, have a flashlight or chemical glow stick handy, but never candles or torches.

■ Approach only those houses with outside lights on. Not only are youngsters safer in a well-lighted place, but they also may be more welcome. Often homeowners who don’t wish to participate in the trick-or-treat ritual leave porch lights off as a signal. Respect their wishes and go on to the next home.

■ Remember common-sense traffic rules: Stay on sidewalks, walk facing traffic, obey all traffic signals and cross streets only at intersections or crosswalks.

■ Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Place reflective tape on both the front and back of each costume and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

■ Use make-up on children’s faces rather than allowing them to wear masks, which are hard to see through and can make breathing difficult.

■ Be certain that all parts of costumes are flame-retardant, including wigs, beards and capes.

The costume should fit well so that the child can’t snag the costume or trip, causing injury. It’s a good idea to carry along a small first aid kit for scraped knees or other minor injuries. Costumes should be appropriate for the weather so that trick-or-treaters stay warm, dry and comfortable.

■ Be certain that no treats are eaten until an adult inspects them, discarding any unwrapped or suspicious-looking items.

■ Trick-or-treat bags should hang from children’s shoulders so that hands are free.

■ Consider having a Halloween party at home or attend a civic group’s well-planned haunted house or a merchant association’s shopping mall or downtown district party. Each year more safety-conscious groups have Halloween events planned for youngsters to give them an alternative to trick-or-treating house-to-house.

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