20 Trick or Treating Safety Tips

October 17, 2019

 

Halloween gives people young and old the opportunity to be someone different for a single night while engulfing themselves in massive amounts of candy. To some individuals this may seem like the closest earthly thing to heaven, while others may find it to be a very scary time for young people and children alike.

We want to help reduce some of those stresses and fears of danger associated with Halloween and Trick or Treating. Below are some simple safety tips to use in order to increase your awareness and safety of your children during the Trick or Treating season.

 

  1. Put electronic devices down and keep your head up, watching your surroundings

  2. Always walk on sidewalks or paths, or facing traffic if there are none

  3. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections while driving

  4. Have children carry glow sticks of flashlights to help them see or be seen by drivers

  5. Cross the street at corners, use traffic signals and crosswalks, and look both ways before crossing

  6. Decorate costumes and/or bags with reflective tape or stickers

  7. Only go to homes with a porch light on

  8. Never enter a home or car for treats

  9. Remain on well light streets

  10. Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going

  11. Consider using make-up or hats rather than masks to reduce blocked eyesight

  12. If the costume involves accessories such as swords, sticks, etc. then make sure it is not sharp to reduce injury

  13. Make sure the costume is the right size for your child to avoid tripping

  14. Discuss a route/specific neighborhood prior to trick or treating in case of a lost individual

  15. Examine all treats before eating them

  16. Do not accept homemade treats

  17. Avoid luminaries or candles

  18. Everyone should wear comfortable shoes in order to avoid having group members rest or fall behind the group

  19. Put a name tag with your phone number on your children’s costumes

  20. Review with your children how to call 9-1-1 if lost or encounter an emergency

 

For even more trick or treating safety tips this Halloween season, check out:

https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx

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