Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety tips
        In the pursuit for some trick-or-treating goodies follow this
                             list of tips for a safe Halloween!

When Choosing a Costume: 
  • Make sure the costume fits properly. Long costumes could cause the child to trip. 
  • Try to avoid masks because they can obstruct a child's view. Consider face paint instead. 
  • Bright colors will make children more visible. 
  • Use reflective tape or other reflective devices to make your child more visible. 
While Out Trick or Treating: 
  • Parents should plan out the trick-or-treating route - best to stay on well lit roads with sidewalks. 
  • Bring a flashlight and cell phone with you. 
  • Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks (where they exist), and do not cross between parked cars. 
  • Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing. 
  • Remind children to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. 
  • Tampering with candy is very rare; however, it is a good idea to inspect candy before letting children dig in. Throw out anything that is not wrapped or that looks suspicious. 

Snack Inspection: 

  • Children shouldn't snack while they’re out trick-or-treating. Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance to inspect the contents of their “goody bags.” 
  • To help prevent children from snacking, give them a light meal or snack before they head out – don’t send them out on an empty stomach. 
  • Tell children not to accept – and especially not to eat – anything that isn’t commercially wrapped. 
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies or small toys. 
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.