Halloween is always a spook-tacular night of fun, but trick-or-treaters are two times more likely to be involved in pedestrian accidents on Halloween than they are any other night of the year. Keep you and your little ghouls and goblins safe this October 31st by following these simple Halloween safety tips.
Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult
SafeKids and the American Safety Council both recommend supervision for children under 12. Older kids who are going out without an adult should always travel in groups of 3 or more and should go over their route with a parent or guardian before leaving.
Stay on sidewalks and use crosswalks whenever possible
When not possible, make sure you are staying as far to the side of the road as possible and look carefully before crossing the street.
Make sure you can be seen
Flashlights, glow-sticks, and reflective clothing or accessories help alert cars of your location. Incorporate brightness into your child’s costume by adding LED lights, glow-in-the dark stickers or jewelry, and glow materials. Bright and reflective treat bags are another good way to add safety and noticeability to a dark costume.
Wear costumes that do not restrict movement or vision
Make sure there are no tripping hazards on the costumes and that children have a full range of vision and motion while out trick-or-treating. Face paint can be used in place of masks to help with this.
Only approach houses with lights on and never go inside a stranger’s house
Houses without lights on may mean no one’s home or they are not welcoming trick-or-treaters. If you ring a doorbell twice and no one answers, move onto the next house. Do not try banging on the door or yelling.
Stay away from dogs on Halloween, even if they are on a leash or appear friendly
Costumes can confuse or frighten dogs and cause them to act unpredictably, even if they are well-trained or very friendly.
Check your kids’ candy before they eat any of it
Make sure your trick-or-treaters don’t eat any candy while they walk, and check all of the candy once you get home. Throw out anything that’s opened, looks discolored, has pinholes in the wrapper, or is homemade (unless you personally know the maker). If you feel like any of your candy has been purposefully tampered with, alert the local police.
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