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Halloween Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treaters

October 9, 2014 1:32 am

More than 40 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 hit the trick-or-treat trails on Halloween. The nation's emergency physicians advise parents to review these safety guidelines with their children to avoid injury.

1. If possible, have children trick-or-treat at organized Halloween festivities, such as local churches, shopping malls or schools.

2. Make sure your child stays on the sidewalks as much as possible (off streets) and obeys all traffic signals.

3. Discuss the importance of staying together in a group. Require at least one adult to serve as chaperone during trick-or-treat gatherings.

4. Make sure your child knows the potential dangers from strangers. Make sure they know never to accept rides from strangers or visit unfamiliar homes or areas.

5. Avoid costumes that could cause children to trip, such as baggy pants, long hems, high heels and oversized shoes.

6. Avoid costumes that obstruct your child's sight or vision.

7. Avoid masks if possible. If your child must wear one, make sure it is well ventilated.

8. Make sure costume fabric, wigs and beards areas made of flame-resistant materials, such as nylon or polyester.

9. Keep candlelit Jack-O-Lanterns away from children so they can't get burned or set on fire.

10. Make sure costumes are visible at night: avoid dark colors. Add reflective tape to costumes so your child is more visible to motor vehicles.

11. Make sure you see all the candy before your child eats it. Avoid candy not wrapped in its original wrapper, as well as all fruit.

12. Take a flashlight while trick-or-treating as visibility decreases long before it gets really dark.

13. Check accessories such as swords, knives, wands and other pointed objects. Make sure they are made from flexible materials and have dulled edges.

Source: ACEP

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U.S. Halloween Spending to Set Records

October 8, 2014 1:32 am

More costumes than ever will be flying off the shelves as Americans gear up to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey. More than two-thirds of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 this Halloween, compared to $75.03 last year. Total spending on Halloween this year will reach $7.4 billion, with $2.8 billion being spent on costumes alone.

“As one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays, Halloween has retailers of all shapes and sizes preparing their stores and websites for the busy fall shopping season,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “There’s no question that the variety of adult, child and even pet costumes now available has driven the demand and popularity of Halloween among consumers of all ages. And, with the holiday falling on a Friday this year, we fully expect there will be a record number of consumers taking to the streets, visiting haunted houses and throwing unforgettable celebrations.”

Celebrants are set to shell out $1.1 billion on children’s costumes and $1.4 billion on adult costumes. It is clear Fido and Fluffy will not be forgotten: Americans will spend $350 million on costumes for their furry friends.

Consumers will celebrate the holiday in many different ways, but topping the list of planned activities:
  • Handing out candy (71.1 percent)
  • Decorating their homes and yards (46.7 percent)
  • Dressing in costume (45.8 percent)
  • Throw or attend a party (33.4 percent)
For some consumers, the U.S. economy is still top-of-mind. According to the survey, 18.8 percent say the state of the U.S. economy will impact their Halloween spending plans. Specifically, nearly two in five of those impacted will utilize their creative skills and make their own costumes rather than buying a new one this Halloween.

Source: National Retail Federation

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