It isn’t tricky to remain safe on Halloween night! Follow these tips for the best experience with family and friends.
- Plan ahead. Prepare a route through the neighborhood in advance. This helps younger children know when to expect trick or treating to end, and it gives older children, who may be old enough to go alone, specific boundaries for the evening.
- Costume check. Make sure costumes don’t obstruct your child’s ability to see. Instead of wearing a mask, try face paint. Also, check to make sure he or she can walk and move safely in their costume.
- Light up the night. Always carry a flashlight. Glow sticks, as well as reflective tape and stickers, are a fun way to help others see you in the dark.
- Look for the light. Make sure you only visit houses that have a front porch light on.
- Travel as a pack. Walk in groups, stay on sidewalks when possible, and use extreme caution when crossing streets.
- Candy inspection. Parents, remind your children to not eat candy along the way, unless you inspect it. It’s better to wait until you get home to sort through the candy where you can see properly. Throw away any open or unwrapped goodies. And stash your favorites before the kids see you do it!