What youngster doesn’t get a thrill out of Halloween? From dressing up as their favorite goblin, princess or superhero to hauling in the treats, Halloween can be fun for kids. But before you let your costumed character out the door, know your community’s trick-or-treat night and hours, and keep these safety tips from the American College of Emergency Physicians in mind.
Never go alone
Children under 12 should be chaperoned by an adult. Older kids can usually trick-or-treat with a group of friends, but make sure they stick to familiar neighborhoods.
Help drivers see you
With so much activity on the streets, kids are 4 times more likely to get struck by a vehicle than other times. Increase their visibility to drivers with reflective tape on their costumes and have them carry a flashlight or glow stick.
Ensure the costumes fit properly
Prevent accidental falls by making sure costumes aren’t too big or too long. And if your young goblin is wearing a mask, make sure it doesn’t block his or her view.
Examine the treats
Before letting the little ones dig into their treat bags, inspect the contents for signs of tampering. Small, hard candies can be choking hazards for the tiny ones. Unwrapped candies should also be thrown out for sanitary reasons.
Follow these guidelines so your little ones will have more treats than tricks this Halloween. Do you have any safe Halloween tips? Share them in the comments below.
If you are planning to drive on your community’s Halloween trick-or-treat night, check our safe driving tips.