Here are some Trick or Treat Halloween Safety tips for trick or treat. We want to make sure your children have a safe and happy Halloween!
1. If your child chooses a costume with a mask, make sure the eye holes are big enough for them to be able to see properly.
2. Use a flashlight or a glow stick while you are out trick or treating so cars can see you. It is also a good idea to put reflective fabric or tape on your costumes.
3. If you have a jack-o-lantern, use a battery operated candle or glow stick in place of a candle. If you use a candle, make sure the jack-o-lantern is kept away from any flammable items
4. NEVER go trick-or-treating alone! It is best to have a parent or other adult with a child at all times.
5. Always check your candy thoroughly before consuming it. If it looks like it was opened or not in the wrapper at all, throw it out.
6. If your child has food allergies, keep an eye out for teal pumpkins on the porches. Teal pumpkins resemble homes that have items for trick or treat where kids have food allergies. This could be small toys, etc.
7. Plan you’re trick or treat route in advance so you know where you’re going and when. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking!
8. Avoid long costumes as much as possible. Long costumes can be a trip hazard, especially on steps.
9. If your child’s costume requires accessories and props, make sure they are flexible to avoid injuries. Plastic, foam and rubber are your best options.
10. Remove anything from sidewalks, driveways, and porches that children could potentially trip over. Remove wet leaves from these areas as well.
11. Always go to a home that has a porch light or flood light on. Never enter a home or vehicle for candy.
12. Always use a sidewalk if available. If there is no sidewalk, walk at the edge of the road facing oncoming traffic.
13. Never assume you have the right of away. If one car stops another may not. Some people have difficulty spotting trick or treaters due to their costumes.
14. Keep a cell phone with you at all times. Make sure children know how to dial 9-1-1 if an emergency should happen. Any suspicious activity should be reported to law enforcement immediately.