EDITOR'S DESK: Stay safe this Halloween

Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM.

Tonight’s Halloween. If you participate in the festivities, prepare for the usual sightings of costumed residents exploring their wild or darker sides, trick-or-treating and parties. If you don’t observe the festivities, Nielsen ratings suggest you’ll probably watch ABC’s “Modern Family.”

But remember: safety first. For instance:

Wear a costume that allows clear vision.

Politics reigns among favored Halloween costumes, with Mitt Romney, Barack Obama and — only in 2012 — Big Bird masks reportedly locking the top three spots. Other favorites include poor parenting product/TLC trainwreck “Honey Boo Boo,” No. 5; gymnast McKayla Maroney, No. 6; and celebrity couple Kim Kardashian and Kanye West rounding out the top 10.

Whether you have fun with political catchphrases — “Binders Full of Women” reportedly is trending — piggyback pop culture “Gangam Style” or take the tried-and-true zombie makeover approach, wear something that allows you to see clearly today and tomorrow. That doesn’t just mean make mask eyeholes big enough; optometrists warn against wearing decorative contact lenses. Initially, such lenses may enhance your costume’s visual effect; however, risks include allergic reactions, infections and cuts on your eyeball, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Plan routes carefully.

It’s easy to avoid trouble when you have a plan and stick to it. Map out neighborhood hot spots beforehand and commit to them; that means no shortcuts through fields, woods or back alleys.

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