11 Trick or Treat Safely Tips
Your children probably have their costume picked out by now. Most likely they’ve trick or treated in the past and are more than ready to get their hands on that candy. Even though, do they know how to trick or treat safely? Now is the opportunity to refresh and maybe learn something new.
- Plan their route. They should stick to areas that are familiar to reduce the risk of getting lost. The areas should also be well lit.
- Bring a flashlight. It is important that they are able to see where they’re going, and more importantly, that people see them. Plus this year with so much debris from Hurricane Irma, many sidewalks may still be covered and are unable to be walked on.
- If your children are going out without you, have them plan to be in a large group.
- Know the rules of the road. Stop at all intersections, stay in crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing.
- Don’t go out with a costume that doesn’t fit properly or inhibits vision in any way.
- Don’t knock or ring doorbells of homes that aren’t lit up. There are sure to be plenty of other houses providing candy.
- Be alert. Don’t walk and use the cell phones. Most likely there will be many kids running around, so it’s important to be aware of the constantly changing surroundings.
- Never enter a home. Accept treats at the door, don’t go inside.
- Beware of strange dogs. Walk away don’t run if you see one.
- Take all candy home to be checked by parents. Discard any candy that appears to be tampered with or has been opened.
- Drive carefully. Adults and older teens should drive slowly and be prepared to stop often for children Halloween night.