Trick-or-treating safety tips for a healthy & happy Halloween
Treats and tricks, candies and costumes, Halloween is an exciting holiday for kids of all ages. Keeping your Halloween night more fun than frightening can be easy with these trick-or-treating safety tips:
1. Get the Fit: Plan out and try on costumes days before Halloween to make sure they fit and are warm enough. Ensure costumes, shoes and masks fit well to avoid trips, slips, and falls.
2. Keep Props Light & Flexible: Whether it’s a sword and shield or wings and a wand, use costume props made with lightweight and flexible materials to prevent injuries.
3. Stay on Sidewalks: Always use the sidewalk when trick-or-treating. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
4. Glow Up: Brighten up the night with glow sticks, reflectors, flashlights or bike lights. Fastening glow sticks or reflective tape to costumes or treat bags will help your child stay visible if out after sundown.
5. Go with a Group: Encourage older kids to travel together on a planned and known route. Children 12-years and younger should always be accompanied by an adult(s).
6. Know Your Surroundings: Kids, stick to familiar areas and always be attentive while crossing the street. Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween then on any other day of the year. Drivers, remember to slow down, turn on your headlights, and stay alert.
7. Inspect the Goods: Once you’re home, dump out the treat bag and inspect the candy. Throw away any candy with torn or open packages, as well as anything that looks homemade.