A Safe Halloween, More Fun for Everybody

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Jamestown Gazette Staff

The most popular time for the trick-or-treat crowd is usually the four hectic hours between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Sunset on Halloween this year is 6:12 p.m., right in the middle of the very best candy harvest time for all the dressed up ghosts, bristle-bearded pirates, glittery-glam rock stars and just about every other crazy creature that never existed…except on the night of October 31 when they all come out in jubilant hoards.
Drivers Beware! Dusk – about a half hour before and after sunset – is the time of day with the worst visibility and the time when your eyes are least sensitive to colors and small, moving objects. Be especially alert for wandering packs of distracted kids darting between parked cars and across streets during that time.
Costume masks can be trouble, too. They can block the vision of trick-or-treaters who might not be particularly alert to traffic anyway. Parents might have more fun painting that new, cute or scary identity on their little saints’ and monsters’ faces with stage makeup or Mom’s beauty kit. So why not try that this year instead of that Zombie Tongue Mask or a Barak or Hillary disguise?
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, locally headquartered in Buffalo, children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult on the Trick-or-Treat Trail. Besides, grownups, if you take your own swag bag and wear a Richard Nixon mask, you won’t have to plunder your kid’s goodies on November 1. Just imagine…a whole family sugar high as your reward for just one evening’s escort service.
Nobody has yet marketed a Halloween costume made entirely of Glo Stix, but at least a couple of them or a flashlight will improve kids’ visibility and safety.
Halloween is a wonderful time of dress-up, make-believe and good neighbors sharing fun and enough candy to feed a small nation through a season of famine…Remember to make it safe, too, and don’t forget to take lots of pictures. You might need something to embarrass you grown up children with some day.

Happy Halloween!