Halloween is upon us and as children get ready for Trick-or-Treating, it's important to make sure young ghosts and goblins stay safe as they make their neighborhood rounds. A few simple safety precautions can make sure that Halloween and Beggars Night are safe and enjoyable to everyone.
Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and Trick-or-Treat bags for greater visibility.
Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider nontoxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters:
Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
Carry a cell phone for quick communication.
Remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
Never cross the street between parked cars or out driveways.
Keep a close eye on traffic. Motorists may have trouble seeing small children. Motorists, be extra vigilant while driving through neighborhoods during Trick-or-Treat hours.