Halloween can be a fun-filled holiday for kids and families. With friends, costumes and candy galore, there are lots of things to be excited about. But aside from witches, goblins and goons, Halloween shouldn’t be scary. That’s why it’s important to be alert and aware when trick-or-treating.
- Review safe behavior each year before leaving home. Explain to young children that Halloween is a fun, once-a-year holiday event, and it’s okay to talk to and accept candy from strangers when a trusted adult is present.
- Young children should always trick-or-treat with an adult.
- Always use sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
- Cross the street only at corners and crosswalks. Watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better and be seen by drivers. Liquid in glow sticks is hazardous, so remind children not to chew on or break them.
- Is your older child trick-or-treating without you this year? Plan a route in advance in familiar, well-lit areas. Encourage them to stay with a buddy or group at all times and remind them to never enter a stranger’s home or car.
- Slow down and drive cautiously in residential neighborhoods.
- Remember costumes can limit children’s visibility and masks or headwear may reduce their line of sight, making it more difficult to see your vehicle.
- Refrain from distractions like using your cell phone so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
- Stay bright at night – decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and choose light-colored costumes to improve visibility.
- Be sure to plan for inclement weather when choosing costumes and allow for warm clothing underneath.
- Make sure your child’s costume fits appropriately to avoid snagging or tripping.
- Use non-toxic face paint and make-up instead of masks, which can obstruct vision.
- Ensure accessories and props are soft or flexible to avoid injury.
- Eat a light meal or snack before trick-or-treating, and encourage your child to wait until you get home before eating any candy or treats.
- Inspect all treats before your child eats any. Throw away anything that has been opened or looks suspicious.
- For young children, remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts or small hard candies.
- Ration your child’s candy over the course of a few days or weeks to avoid overindulging.