Trick-or-treating on Halloween is typically one of the most looked-forward to times of year for kids. Here are some safety tips if you are sending your children out into your community on October 31st:
- Attach reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Even though spooky costumes can be made scarier by wearing dark colors, it can make your children harder to see. It is also wise to carry a flashlight to see clearly while walking from house to house.
- Before digging into that bucket of candy, examine all treats for choking hazards and evidence of tampering. Don’t accept homemade treats from strangers.
- Talk to your kids about pedestrian safety. Remind them to look both ways before crossing a street and to always use crosswalks. Always walk on the sidewalk, and if one isn’t available, walk on the far side of the road facing traffic.
- Encourage older children to hold the hands of younger children when crossing streets.
- Make sure costumes and accessories do not drag on the ground or cover eyes to avoid trips and falls.
If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters at your home, here are some tips to ensure Halloween festivities are fun and safe for your visitors:
- Turn on outdoor lights and ensure walking areas are well lit and free of obstacles that could cause someone to trip and fall. Check outdoor lights before the big night and replace any burned out bulbs.
- If you’re decorating jack-o-lanterns or luminaries with candles, keep them away from walkways and landings were they could come into contact with costumes.
- If you are driving during the evening, slow down and be aware of trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood. Be extra cautious on Halloween.