The trick to safe treating is preparation, communication and a watchful eye! Make sure this season is a little less spooky and your children are a lot safer by keeping the following precautions in mind on Halloween night:
- Make sure children are well lit! Carry a flashlight or glow stick, and consider
reflective tape for black costumes!
- No running! Darkness and costumes are an awkward mix.
Walk, don’t run, from house to house.
- Stick to the rules! While motorists should be more mindful on this night, better to be safe! Stay on the sidewalks when possible, and watch for traffic signals.
- Walk facing traffic if there are no sidewalks, and stay as visible as possible.
- Wear shoes that fit. The princess shoes are pretty and the clown shoes look great, but they’re not always safe!
- Only approach houses with lights on. Dark houses mean no one is home or they simply don’t want to be bothered.
- Steer clear of unfamiliar pets. This is an anxious night for household pets, so teach your children to step back when the door is answered, just in case.
- Stick with familiar streets and houses. If your children are walking alone, be sure you know what route they plan to take and that they have a way to communicate with you.
- Masks are fun, but have your kids slide them off between houses or when crossing the street, so their vision is not impaired.
- Check and double check. While tampering is rare, it is a concern. Thoroughly check your child’s candy before consumption. Never allow them to eat unwrapped or suspicious treats.
- Keep your yard free of easily tripped-over items such as hoses, ladders or tools.
- Rope lighting is a safe way to mark a path to your door! They even come in orange for Halloween decorating.
- Make sure to keep pets away from your bowl of treats. Pets and chocolate just don’t mix. In fact, your best bet might be to close your pets in a different room with their favorite toy or bone for the evening.
- Try battery-operated lights to make your jack-o-lantern glow. They are safer and longer-lasting than flames!
Whether you are a trick-or-treater, a parent, a homeowner or a motorist, remember: SAFETY FIRST!
Happy Halloween! Joe