Trick or Treat Safety Tips
Halloween should be scary because of monsters – not because you’re worried about children’s safety. Trick or treating is a time to make memories and have fun in the community, and we want to make sure everyone does that without danger. Every person has a role in keeping trick-or-treaters safe. So please, share these Trick or Treat Safety Tips with parents, family members, and friends. Let’s help everyone have a happy Halloween.
If you’re going trick-or-treating with children:
1. First, make sure they eat dinner! They might not stuff themselves on so much candy if they’ve eaten a good meal.
2. Set safety rules, and make sure all the children in the group know the rules. (Stay on the sidewalk, always hold an adult’s hand, don’t run ahead of us, etc.)
3. Take trick or treaters out early, when it’s still light out.
4. If children will be out in the dark, give them flash lights and glow sticks or reflectors to wear.
5. Do not let children go up to houses where people aren’t sitting out, or where the porch lights aren’t on.
6. Only cross the street at corners and crosswalks.
7. Inspect all candy before children eat it. If a piece looks opened or tampered with, throw it away.
8. If possible, have children wear face paint instead of masks. Masks can obstruct their sight, posing dangers.
If you aren’t walking with your older children, but you feel comfortable letting them trick or treat with friends:
1. For starters, do not let children under the age of 12 go out by themselves.
2. Make sure someone in their group has a cell phone.
3. Give them a definitive time to be home.
4. Ask them what their exact route will be, and tell them to stick to that route. Request that they stay in familiar areas.
5. Tell them to stay on the sidewalk and look out for cars.
6. Ask them not to eat any candy until they bring it home for you to look through.
7. Make sure they know to never, ever go inside of a house.
8. Instruct them not to take anything from people in cars.
9. If you let them go out after dark, give them flashlights. They’ll be safer if they can see their surroundings.
If you’re passing out candy:
1. Turn on your porch light.
2. Have a toy or treat that isn’t candy to pass out. Then, children with allergies won’t feel left out!
3. Remove any Halloween decorations that are sharp or could trip children.
If you happen to be driving somewhere on Trick or Treat night:
1. Watch out for children everywhere – even in the middle of the street.
2. Enter and exit driveways very carefully.
3. Be alert in the dark. Drive slow and look out.
At the end of the night, talk with children about the fun they had and thank them for following your safety rules. Before you send trick or treaters to bed, make sure all the makeup and paint is washed off their bodies. Place all the candy in your house in one spot, and try to ration it over the next few days. Good luck!
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