Every year around Oct. 31, childrens' fantasies come true. They look forward to dressing-up as their favorite character and knocking on neighbor's doors to ask the age-old question "Trick or Treat?" Not too surprisingly, they usually get what they want – a bag full of sweets and goodies.
Parents and children can properly prepare for a safe night by taking time to review the following safety tips and suggestions: a responsible adult should always accompany children; costumes should be light in color to aid visibility, be fire resistant, and not pose a tripping hazard; use make-up instead of vision-blocking masks; always use sidewalks and obey traffic signals; always cross the street at corners – never cross the street between parked cars; never go into a house for any reason; never go with somebody without prior parental permission; only accept sealed and wrapped treats; always wait until an adult checks all treats at home before eating.
The American Legion's National Commission on Children and Youth is very concerned about the welfare of our nation's youth. The Vermillion American Legion Auxiliary Wallace Unit #1 wants you to keep trick-or-treat safety in mind during this Halloween season.