Attorney General Alerts

    Keep Halloween Scares to Ghosts and Ghouls


    October 28, 2015

    Fall brings cooler temperatures, trees changing colors and Halloween. Many children and families enjoy the excitement and activities surrounding Halloween, including costume parties, haunted houses, hay rides and, of course, trick-or-treating. But sometimes the excitement of these activities can cause people to forget to be careful.

    Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to remind families of precautions to take to have a safe, fun trick-or-treating outing.

    “Boys and girls across Arkansas are ready for this Halloween weekend,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “But we all need to remember to take the necessary steps to keep them safe. This includes parents and guardians who have children ready to dress as their favorite super hero, cartoon character or princess but also anyone on the roadways on trick-or-treat night.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to parents to avoid unexpected and unnecessary Halloween scares:

    • Select flame-resistant materials, masks, beards and wigs and try to avoid baggy sleeves and billowing skirts.
    • Choose costumes with light or bright colors whenever possible, or trim a darker costume with reflective tape. Consider also having children carry a flashlight to make sure they can see and are visible to drivers.
    • To avoid tripping and falling, choose costumes that fit well and do not drag on the ground.
    • Make sure masks fit securely, have adequate ventilation and provide unobstructed views. Consider applying make-up to children’s faces instead of selecting loose-fitting masks.
    • Swords, knives and other accessories should be made of soft and flexible materials.
    • Take children to familiar neighborhoods and approach only homes with outside lighting.
    • Remind children of everyday safety rules, such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing with the light when they are trick-or-treating.
    • Adults should always accompany small children to caution them against running into streets and across lawns or driveways. Children should use sidewalks where available.
    • Encourage children to wait until they get home to eat candy so that adults can inspect the goodies.
    • Parents should throw away any treats that are not commercially wrapped or appear to be tampered with.

    Attorney General Rutledge also reminds motorists to keep an eye out for children darting out from between parked cars or walking on roadways or curbs. Drivers should also enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully and watch attentively for children in dark clothing at dusk.

    For more information about consumer-related issues, call the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

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