Tomorrow is Halloween, and there are plenty of activities going on in Northwest Colorado. Organized trick or treating will take place in downtown Craig and the Centennial Mall from 4 to 6 tomorrow. The Steamboat Downtown Stroll is from 5 to 7. In Meeker, Pumpkins, Eats, and Treats takes place on the courthouse lawn. That includes trick or treating downtown. It runs from 3 to 6. No organized trick or treating will take place in Oak Creek, Rangely, or Little Snake River Valley, however several churches and other organizations throughout the area will also host parties. The American Red Cross has issues a list of tips to keep kids safe on Halloween. You’ll find those below.
COSTUME SAFETY Whether the little one wants to be a ghost, a princess or a superhero, parents can help keep them safe by following some costume advice:
- Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
- Have everyone wear light-colored clothing to be seen.
- Use flame-resistant costumes.
- Use face makeup instead of masks, which can cover your eyes and make it hard to see.
SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING To maximize safety, plan the route ahead of time. Make sure adults know where children are going. If the children are young, a parent or responsible adult should accompany them as they make their way around the neighborhood.
Other safety tips to follow include:
- Make sure trick-or-treaters have a flashlight to see where they are going and be seen by drivers.
- Visit only the homes that have a porch light on. Accept treats at the door—never go inside.
- Walk only on the sidewalks, not in the street. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
- Look both ways before crossing the street, and cross only at the corner.
- Don’t cut across yards or use alleys. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- It’s not only vampires and monsters people have to look out for. Be cautious around animals, especially dogs.
- Candy and treats are very sweet, but make sure a grown-up checks your goodies before you eat. Make sure to remove loose candy, open packages and choking hazards. Discard any items with brand names that you are not familiar with.
WELCOMING THE KIDS If someone is manning the candy giveaway at their house, they can make sure it’s a fun night for all by doing the following:
- Make sure the outdoor lights are on.
- Sweep leaves from the sidewalks and steps.
- Clear the porch or front yard of any obstacles that a child could trip over.
- Restrain the pets.
- Use a glow stick instead of a candle in the jack-o-lantern to avoid a fire hazard.
- Use extra caution if driving. The youngsters are excited and may forget to look both ways before crossing