Many Arkansans enjoy the Halloween fun and festivities, including trick-or-treating, but people often forget important tips to keep their children and night scare free, according to a press release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.


“Children wait all year for the day they get to dress up in their favorite costume and stock up on candy,” Rutledge said. “Halloween should be a fun and exciting night for everyone, but adults should also remember to take the necessary steps to keep children safe.”


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 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 have been tampered.


• Drivers should keep an eye out for children darting out from between parked cars or walking on roadways, curbs or streets. Moving vehicles can be the biggest danger. Motorists should enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully and watch attentively for children in dark clothing at dusk.


For more information and tips to avoid scams and other consumer-related issues, contact the Arkansas Attorney General’s office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.