The simple act of slowing down on neighborhood roads can not only make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but it can save lives.
Have Children Going Out for Trick or Treat?
- Teach children how to call 9-1-1 if they have an emergency or become lost.
- Make sure to set a time that your kids should be home by. Make sure they know how important it is for them to be home on time or to call immediately if something happens and they are going to be delayed.
- A good meal prior to trick-or-treating helps discourage youngsters from filling up on treats that have not yet been inspected by a parent or guardian.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Instruct your child to never go into the home of a stranger or get into their car.
- Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn’t mean others will.
- Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
- Use reflective tape on costumes and bags so car drivers can see you better.
- Take a flashlight to help you see, and others see you.
- Always walk and don’t run from house to house.
- Always walk on sidewalks when available, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant.
- If you have a pet, consider containing your dog or cat inside the house in a room where you can close the door. Pay close attention to your front door as with frequent openings and closings of the door there is a greater potential of your pet escaping through the front door.
- Consider wearing makeup and hats rather than masks that can obscure your vision.
- Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
- Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. Obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is dangerous for young children’s eyes.
Expecting Trick-or-Treaters at Your House?
- Be sure walking areas and stairs are well lit and free of obstacles that could result in falls.
- Keep candle-lit Jack-O-Lanterns and luminaries away from doorsteps, walkways, landings, and curtains.
- Place them on sturdy tables, keep them out of the reach of pets and small children, and never leave them unattended.
- Or, consider using flameless (electric) Jack-O-Lantern candles.
Halloween Candy Safety Reminders
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats and never eat homemade treats made by strangers.
- Consider a rationed approach of treats for children in the days following Halloween.