Make trick-or-treating fun and safe with these simple steps.
Safe Trick Or Treat
As parents get their kids ready for Halloween, here are some tips they should follow:
- Masks can obstruct your child’s view, instead apply nontoxic face paints. Make sure oversized hats, helmets, or headpieces won’t interfere with their vision.
- Choose bright colors that make your child more visible in the dark. Make your child easy to see by adding reflective tape or stickers to their costume.
- Any store bought costumes and accessories (masks, beards, wigs) must be labeled “flame resistant.”
- Give your child a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Tell your child to go only to homes with outside lights on.
- Remind your child of everyday safety tips like looking left, right, and left again before crossing the street, continuing to look as he/she crosses, and waiting for you at street corners before proceeding. Kid should stay on sidewalks at all times. Cutting through people’s yards can lead to accidents when things like clotheslines and other hazards are hard to spot.
- Children and adults are reminded to put electronic devices down, keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
- Kids 12 and under, should be accompanied by an adult and clothing should be labeled with your name, address, and phone number in case you get separated.
- Establish a pre-planned route and curfew for kids over 12, and make sure he/she has a way to reach you via cell phone.
- Have your child wait until you’ve inspected his/her treats before they eat them. Discard anything slightly or not completely wrapped. If your child is allergic to nuts, check all treats carefully before he/she digs in.
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Welcoming the Kids on Halloween
If you are planning on welcoming Trick-or-Treaters to your home, follow these safety steps:
- Sweep leaves from your sidewalks and steps. Clear your porch or front yard of obstacles someone could trip over.
- Restrain your pets.
- Light the area well so the young visitors can see.
Safety Tips for Motorists
- Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
- Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
- Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
- Discourage new, inexperienced drivers from driving on Halloween.
- Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.