Trick or Treat Safety Tips
A little common sense can go a long way to ensure a safe and enjoyable Halloween holiday. Follow these tips from parents, the American Red Cross and the National Safety Council to make sure your Halloween is a night of safe tricks and fun treats.
- Walk on sidewalks, not in the street.
- Don't cut across lawns, as there may be unseen objects to trip over.
- Look both ways and check for vehicles before crossing the street. Don’t assume that drivers are looking out for you.
- Cross the street at well-lit intersections and crosswalks.
- Don't try to scare your friends by hiding or sneaking up between parked cars.
- Carry a flashlight to light your way.
- Plan your route before hand, and make sure a friend or family member knows where you plan to visit.
- Only travel on well-lit, familiar streets.
- Wear white, light-colored or reflective clothing so you are more visible.
- Put reflective tape on costume props, bikes and skateboards.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes to avoid falls and sore feet.
- Wear warm clothes underneath costumes when it's cold out.
- Make sure children can walk easily without tripping over long costumes.
- When attending parties with open flame you should keep away from open fires and candles.
- Keep long hair pulled back when lighting candles.
- Avoid masks that block peripheral vision or those that can slip or shift and cover the eyes.
- Consider face paint and make-up instead of masks to maximize peripheral vision. Check out Snazaroo.
- Before painting your face, test the makeup on a small part of your skin. If your skin itches or stings don't use that product.
Knock, knock and beware!
- Only go to homes that are clearly participating in Halloween.
If the porch light is out, you can do without!
- Never enter a stranger's home or car to accept a treat.
- Always say thank you, and remember: NO mean tricks or property damage!
- Be cautious with pets, whether they know you or not. Masks and costumes may confuse and upset animals.
- Feed kids a good meal before going out so they're not tempted to gorge on candy or eat anything you haven’t had the chance to check.
- Adults should inspect all treat bags for suspicious tricks like candy in opened wrappers, and treats your child could choke on.