Halloween may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents, trick-or-treat time may be a bit tricky. I would like to provide the following safety tips to help you plan a safe, fun Halloween for your family.
• Face paint is safer than a mask - and it's more fun!
• Choose costumes in light colors or add reflective tape.
• Check that costumes are flame-retardant and not so long as to pose a tripping hazard.
• Travel in pairs or groups and stay together.
• Walk on the sidewalk or on the left side of the road facing traffic.
• Stop, look and listen at corners.
• Plan a safe route; stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on.
• Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
• Carry a cell phone if trick or treating without an adult.
• Be respectful of other people and their property.
Trick-or-Treaters Should NOT:
• Go inside a stranger's house or get into a stranger's car.
• Run across yards or streets.
• Venture down dark, empty streets.
• Approach dark, unlighted houses.
• Go between parked cars or crisscross back and forth across streets.
Parents with Younger Children:
• Should accompany young children.
• Plan to trick-or-treat while it's still light out.
• Walk with your children to each house and wait in the driveway for them.
• Children should save all their candy until they get home.
• Feed your children a meal or substantial snack before trick or treating so they are less tempted to eat the candy.
• Inspect all treats when you get home. Throw away any unwrapped, open, or suspicious looking goodies.
• If your child becomes suddenly ill, IMMEDIATELY call your doctor or dial 911! Try to determine what the child has eaten and where it came from. Save all wrappers.