SPOKANE, Wash. - National safety coalition Safe Kids Worldwide reports that seventy five percent of parents included in a national survey have Halloween safety years, yet only a third of those parents surveyed talked to their kids about Halloween safety each year. It's statistics like that that prompt many organizations to issue safety tips ahead of the spooky holiday.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers helpful resources to keep little ghouls and goblins safe. Their website offers helpful information that spans from how to plan safe costumes to what you should do when you're on the trick-or-treat trail. Some highlights include planning costumes that are bright and reflective. Some parents can even add reflective tape or striping to costumes for better visibility.
AAP encourages people to keep homes safe for visitors by removing garden hoses, toys or other decorations kids could trip on. Outdoor lights should also be checked and replaced if bulbs are burned out. AAP also reminds people to keep pets restrained so they do not jump on or bite the young trick-or-treaters.
While out on the trick-or-treat trail, parents or a responsible adult should always go with kids around the neighborhood. Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween around the region.
One Spokane event is being hosted by the Mobius Children's Museum and River Park Square. Attendees can enjoy a night of spooky games and crafts. Then there will be trick-or-treating at the shopping center from 6-8 PM.
The Post Falls Lions Haunted House is also hosting a non-scary night that's free to kids 10 and under. That's happening Sunday, October 29 from 6-8 PM.