Soon our streets will be scattered with trick-or-treating ghosts, princesses and monsters, all of whom have an unquenchable desire for sugar.
Run through these Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips checklist to make sure your children stay safe on Halloween!
- Young children should always be accompanied by an adult when trick-or-treating, while older children can go out in groups.
- Give everyone in the group a flashlight.
- Buy flame-resistant wigs, masks and costumes.
- Dress children in brightly colored costumes, add reflective tape to their costumes so they are visible to vehicles.
- Make sure that masks and costumes fit properly to reduce accidents. Hem long costumes to avoid your child from tripping.
- Avoid masks if possible. Masks can make it difficult for your child to see or breathe. If you insist on a mask, make sure eye holes are large enough.
- Buy soft, flexible toy swords and other costume props.
- Give children an early meal before going out so they won’t be tempted to eat the treats before they get back home.
- Insist that treats be brought home for inspection before anything is eaten.
- Toss out any candy that isn’t in its original wrapper or is unwrapped.
- Pin a slip of paper with the child’s name, address, and telephone number inside a pocket in case anyone gets separated from the group.
- Teach your children to stop only at houses that are well-lit and never to enter a stranger’s home. If a stranger tries to make them go somewhere they should scream as loudly as possible and run to safety as quickly as they can.
- Make sure kids know how to safely cross streets and tell them to not cut through back alleys and fields and to stay in well-lit areas with lots of people around.
- Pay close attention while driving, especially at crosswalks, intersections, the side of the road, and by parked cars.
- Review all appropriate trick-or-treat safety precautions with the group before starting.
- Drive below the posted speed limit in residential areas. Do not pass vehicles that have stopped in the road, they are most likely picking up or dropping off children.
- Don’t use a cell phone or text while driving.
Don’t let fears of a real-life boogeyman ruin your Halloween, follow these easy safety rules to safeguard your youngest revelers – and keep mom and dads mind at ease.